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Agriculture: Climate Change

Volume 698: debated on Monday 21 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they will bring forward to give farmers more opportunities to work to reduce global warming, in view of the National Farmers’ Union estimate that 1,000 hectares of crops absorbs between 30 and 60 tonnes of carbon per annum. [HL1315]

We are working with the Rural Climate Change Forum and the Farming Futures communication project to raise awareness among farmers and land managers and encourage them to change their behaviour. We are working to drive faster growth in anaerobic digestion by farmers, businesses and local authorities in a way that is both cost effective and beneficial to the environment. We are exploring the feasibility of market mechanisms to enable the trading of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, forestry and land management. We are looking at how measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can be included in agri-environment schemes in future. We also plan to publish shortly a critical review of the potential for organic matter returns and reduced tillage practices to influence soil carbon.