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United Kingdom: New thinking needed to cut farming's carbon emissions

Source:  Copyright 2008, Scotsman
Date:  November 7, 2008
Byline:  Dan Buglass
Original URL: Status ONLINE

FARMERS have recently been in the firing line over their contributions to global warming and carbon emissions.

The UK government has set a hugely ambitious target of cutting carbon-related emissions by 80 per cent in 2050 from the 1990 levels. It can be done, according to James Graham, the chief executive of the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAO), the organisation that supervises the 80-plus rural cooperatives in Scotland, which have a collective turnover of about £1 billion.

Speaking yesterday in Carnoustie at the annual SAOS conference, Graham said: "Many in the industry are questioning whether we can both increase production to feed a growing global population, whilst at the same time reducing the carbon footprint of agriculture.

"The work we have done over the last two years helps to demonstrate that a green, science-based approach to business is also a profitable route, and one that actually increase production."

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