Reducing the impacts of climate change by lowering greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality, are two of the most significant challenges we face. Improving agriculture’s productive efficiency, effective land management, changing land use and boosting renewable energy and the bioeconomy will help both to reduce and remove greenhouse gas emissions. An ambitious productivity programme supporting research and development, knowledge exchange, training, advice, collaboration and incentivising the adoption of technical advances, together with investment in infrastructure, is critical. The sharing of knowledge amongst farmers across Europe is essential to develop new technology and uptake of best practices which allow both high quality food production and environmental benefits to be delivered.
Improvements in productivity through more efficient and careful use of natural resources can reduce farming’s emissions and environmental footprint, but this will only happen if farm businesses are given the policy framework they need to adapt and thrive.