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Farmers aiming for zero emissions by 2040

FARMERS are targeting net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, with part of the plan involving making cattle and sheep release less methane.

The National Farmers’ Union yesterday released its manifesto on how it will do its bit to fight climate change, and hit the target a decade before the rest of the UK economy.

Farms are responsible for a tenth of UK greenhouse gas emissions, with 50 per cent coming via methane from cows and sheep.

Along with enlarging hedgerows that will suck up CO2 and fertilising fields more precisely with satellite technology, improving the diet of livestock so they emit less methane is in the NFU plan.

It also aims to reduce emissions from farming practices, increase the ability of the land to store more carbon and focus on renewable energy and products that remove carbon from the atmosphere.

NFU president Minette Batters said: ‘We aspire to be producing the most climate-friendly food in the world. We must avoid anything that undermines UK food production and merely exports our gas emissions to other parts of the world.’