22 July 2021
GROWERS MUST CUT EMISSIONS BY 75% IN LESS THAN TWO CROP ROTATIONS
PODCASTS organised by the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS), which offers specialist information, training, and initial set up advice for agri co‑ops, have highlighted that growers must cut emissions by 75% in less than two crop rotations.
Speaking in one podcast, Mark Clark, MD of Grampian Growers, said: “Looking at rotations of, for example, bulb or potato crops, we now have only one and a half rotations to cut emissions by 75 % before 2030.”
Chair of the Arable Climate Change Group, Andrew Moir, called for more collaboration and for farmers to communicate via groups like his to ensure their views are heard by policymakers: “Co-operation is good for business! It is good for the climate. If you are co-operating with other farmers, other businesses, other groups, your efficiencies go up, business returns are better and greenhouse gases come down!”
“I want farmers to be part of the climate solution. Farmers have recently had the opportunity (through the sector Climate Change Groups) to give government ideas that are practical, things that we can do and are doing and will do in the future to mitigate greenhouse emissions.”
The mini-series of five OnFARM podcasts are aimed at encouraging farmers to collaborate and combat climate change together. They be found at https://saos.coop/whats-new.