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1174: Farmers and climate change

These are notes taken at ‘Farmers and climate change’, the Diocese of Oxford Rural Symposium,

Year of Publication2010

Farmers’ drive for economic efficiency is reducing their emissions. The UK should produce more than its share of the extra food the world needs. We need to talk about the costs and benefits of large versus small farming more clearly. Farming needs to get its messages across better. The church could have a bigger role here especially where there is an ethical dimension. There should be a more balanced discussion about the risks and benefits of new technology. We need more research. Emissions targets for agriculture are probably too demanding. People need to be persuaded to reduce over-eating and food waste.

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