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04 May 2011 12:05:06

Low carbon farming project launched

Low carbon farming project launched
A new low carbon farming project intended to cut the CO2 emissions of the agricultural industry has been launched in the UK.

Operated by the Soil Association, the scheme will offer a benchmark for CO2 emissions from the farming industry and is appealing for farms to get involved with providing carbon footprinting data.

Poppy Johnson, Low Carbon Farming adviser at the Soil Association, said currently the agricultural industry is responsible for 30 percent of UK CO2 emissions, and therefore must reduce its impact if climate change targets are to be met.

"We hope to encourage adoption of best practice by enabling farmers to learn from each other, make assessments of their current activities and identify areas where improvements could be made," she explained.

Support for those involved in the scheme will be provided through on-farm training events and workshops, which are set to take place in the coming months.

Members of the industry recently laid out a carbon reduction plan for farming, which was backed by 16 organisations within the sector.

The programme looks to achieve a three-million tonne cut in greenhouse gas emissions from 2018 to 2022, without a reduction in production levels.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800518578-ADNFCR

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