Sky Daily Climate Show
NFU Vice President Tom Bradshaw was interviewed for BBC Farming Today about the recent introduction of E10 - a greener fuel - into the consumer market (05:20). Tom spoke about the benefit the fuel brings to both the Environment and the agricultural sector.
ICYMI ??— National Farmers' Union (@NFUtweets) September 7, 2021
NFU Vice President @ProagriLtd was on @BBCFarmingToday this morning talking all things E10 and what benefits it can deliver for both climate mitigation and British farmers.
Check it out here (05:20)??https://t.co/Mfh2Dv8BCv pic.twitter.com/tEV6K3Q7n8
NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts was interviewed by Farming Today, where he discussed the new IPCC report and agriculture’s role in reducing methane emissions. The programme also featured an interview with one of the authors of the report and Professor Liam Sinclair from Harper Adams University, who said that there is innovation to help farmers cut down on the amount of methane emitted by their herds. Listen from around 5 minutes.
The BBC released an article suggesting agricultural pesticides sold to farmers ready-mixed into "cocktails" can kill twice as many bees. The NFU press office contacted the BBC, asking them to make clear that this is a global study and not reflective of UK farming practices, as more than half the chemicals included in the study are banned for use here.
NFU President Minette Batters was quoted in a Guardian article that discussed the growing momentum behind a shift to ‘regenerative’ agriculture in the UK, which can help to mitigate the climate crisis.
The NFU was also mentioned on Countryfile, as the programme discussed the UK government's 2050 net-zero goal and compared it to the NFU's goal of Net Zero farming by 2040. Watch from around 27 mins.
NFU crops board chairman Matt Culley was interviewed for Farming Today (10:24) about the #YourHarvest campaign, what arable farmers deliver for the environment and the Arable soils standard in the SFI.
Towards the beginning of the month the the Forestry Commission launched their plans to pay landowners bonuses for creating new woodlands that boost wildlife, increase public access and reduce flooding, under a new £16m scheme for England. The issue was covered in a Guardian article which quoted NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts who welcomed the flexibility of the new scheme.
Climate Change Special Report
Following the release of the Climate Change special report ITV Calendar published an article about the farmers who are doing their bit for the environment. The NFU is mentioned in the article.
The Daily Express published a comment piece by NFU next generation forum chair David Ractliffe. In the piece, David discussed the sustainability of British dairy and urged readers to buy local.
Business Green exclusively covered the NFU’s Confidence Survey outlining that more British farmers are planning net-zero investments such as increasing soil health, tree planting and energy efficiency.
Sustainable farming incentive
Farming Today focused on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot and spoke to NFU Vice President Tom Bradshaw who said that more detail is needed about what actions the scheme will require.
Climate friendly farming
NFU President Minette Batters was interviewed live on Times Radio talking to Hannah MacInnes about how the pandemic has changed our shopping habits, the way we eat and how we think about food and farming in terms of the environment. Listen from around 9 mins.
NFU Vice President Tom Bradshaw was quoted in an iNews article outlining how gene editing could increase crop and livestock resilience in the event of extreme weather conditions as well as reducing farming's environmental and climate impact through more efficient use of resources.
The Guardian published an article on hedgerows, as a new report shows how hedgerows can help reach the UKs 2050 net zero goal. It included the NFUs call for farmers to grow bigger and taller hedgerows to support more wildlife.
NFU Vice President Tom Bradshaw appeared on Sky News to discuss the Government consultation into the future regulation of gene editing in the UK and how this can help farming reach it's net zero ambition.
Tom was also quoted in multiple outlets outlining his hopes for the future of farming should gene editing be introduced, including:
NFU President Minette Batters was interviewed live on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour after being announced as number nine on its Power List, a list of women campaigning on environmental issues. She stressed that farmers want to be world leaders in producing climate neutral food. Listen from 29 mins.
On her inclusion on @BBCWomansHour #WHPowerList NFU President @Minette_Batters stressed that agriculture is part of the solution to climate change and said that farmers want to be world leaders in producing carbon neutral food. Listen from 29 mins ??https://t.co/usOH6QLfX0 pic.twitter.com/IU7CsENKkx— National Farmers' Union (@NFUtweets) November 16, 2020
The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, and the ipaper report Mrs Batters' inclusion on the Woman's Hour Power List. Minette is quoted saying she hoped her inclusion marked a change in how farming was seen in environmental circles and welcomed the recognition that, if we're going to get back to a sustainable way of living, the only way we can do it is through what we eat.
Channel 4 News covered the Prime Minister's speech to the United Nations on Britain's commitments to protecting nature, and explored the Agriculture Bill, its impact on the future of farming and the role of agriculture in mitigating climate change with conservation manager of the Holkham Estate Jake Fiennes.
NFU President Minette Batters is featured commenting that we want farmers delivering in their role of managing our environment, and that with the right incentives we can achieve this by 2040
Farmers Guardian net zero edition
Farmers Guardian's net zero edition featured a column from NFU President Minette Batters setting out the work farmers are undertaking to achieve the industry's net zero ambitions as well as NFU Student and Young Farmer Ambassador Harriet Bartlett in the Young Farmer Focus feature reflecting how she feels honoured to work with farmers towards a more sustainable future, collecting information from farmers and carrying out assessments to quantify their land use and impact on biodiversity, carbon footprint, animal welfare, and antibiotic use.
Young farmer focus: Harriet Bartlett - 'I feel honoured to work with farmers towards a more sustainable future' – column by Young Farmer Ambassador
Sustainable food delivering for nutrition and the environment – Members Simon Bainbridge and Dominic Gardner featured
Busting climate change myths – Ceris Jones featured
Net Zero: What it means for UK farming – Stuart Roberts featured
Productivity gains key to environmental progress – Thomas Binns quoted
Carbon calculators compared – Tom Bradshaw and Richard Findlay featured
Greenpeace report on livestock greenhouse gas emissions
The Guardian reported new analysis by Greenpeace that suggests cows, pigs and other farm livestock in Europe are producing more greenhouse gases every year than all of the bloc’s cars and vans put together. The NFU corrected these claims and explained why a focus on improving productivity is key to achieving net zero emissions.
NFU President Minette Batters' responded to former president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England Max Hasting's op-ed in The Times and argued it is vital that we encourage entrepreneurial businesses to invest in the future of British food production, so as to provide carbon- neutral food.
The Times reported that taxes on methane and fertiliser have recommended, in a report by the Zero Carbon Commission, a group of scientists, economists and green campaigners, to give farmers an incentive to add methane-reducing supplements to their cattle feed. NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts was quoted arguing that such measures could force increased reliance on imported food but farmers could instead boost production of renewable energy and carbon storage to become carbon neutral.
NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts featured on Sky News to talk about how farmers are investing in measures to tackle climate change. For Stuart, that means building a new cattle shed and grain store with a roof that will capture half a million litres of rain water a year.
Business Green features an in-depth interview with NFU President Minette Batters centred around the NFU’s commitment to net zero. Minette reflects that agriculture is a solution to climate change and expressed frustration with the focus on dietary change. She also covered Brexit in detail, arguing that if Britain’s food standards are undermined, it would severely harm British farming businesses, and therefore seriously hamper the industry's ability to deliver on its 2040 net zero promise.
For your long-read of the day, take a look at @businessgreen’s in-depth interview with NFU President @Minette_Batters where she gives her thoughts on climate change and net zero, changing diets, Brexit, and farming’s role as a solution https://t.co/jnYp3o6Dd1 https://t.co/h0gmsvt6R0— National Farmers' Union (@NFUtweets) May 22, 2020
How farmers are tackling climate change
NFU environment forum member Richard Bramley featured as one of five farmers on the BBC Food website about how he makes his food production as environmentally friendly as possible.
NFU member Frank Langrish told Sky News that we should think carefully about where we plant trees as our agricultural land is essential in producing sustainable food for the nation.
Sir Ian Boyd and rewilding
The NFU defended the farming industry after Sir Ian Boyd’s comments that half of the nation’s farmland should be turned into woodlands to fight the climate crisis.
NFU Deputy President Guy Smith was quoted in The Guardian outlining the NFU’s net zero ambition and emphasising that we cannot halt climate change by exporting production abroad.
Mr Smith also featured on BBC Radio 4 PM.
Rewilding vast tracks of British countryside would simply offshore our carbon footprint to other parts of the world that may not have the same environmental conscience ?? @essexpeasant talks about rewilding on BBC Radio 4 PM ?? pic.twitter.com/TKahLIZUES— National Farmers' Union (@NFUtweets) January 3, 2020
The Times reflected on each political party’s promise to plant more trees, quoting NFU Deputy President Guy Smith saying that these plans must not diminish UK food production capacity.
Launch of the NFU's net zero report
The NFU launched its Achieving Net Zero report which outlined how the British farming industry can become net zero by 2040, which resulted in plenty of media coverage of its ambitious plan.
The Guardian was given the story as an exclusive and covered the plan in detail, quoting NFU President Minette Batters throughout.
The report was also covered in BBC news bulletins, BBC Farming Today and Sky News Sunrise, featuring officeholders Minette Batters and Guy Smith.
BBC Farming Week
The BBC held a Farming Week after conversations between the NFU and BBC about its farming coverage, which covered climate change and other issues.
As part of the coverage, BBC Breakfast spent a week at Leicestershire farmer Joe Stanley's farm, and the Stanley's also featured across BBC News Channel.
The NFU press team worked with the BBC to produce an article that looks at how farmers are working to tackle climate change.
The RSA’s Food, Farming and Countryside Commission report
NFU Deputy President Guy Smith was interviewed by Sky News saying that the government should help farmers invest so they can maintain production while lowering their carbon footprint.
CCC update report
The CCC criticised the UK government and industries for the lack of progress towards a net zero economy.
Channel 4 News interviewed NFU President Minette Batters where she said public investment would be needed to help farmers tackle climate change.
Consumer's role in fighting climate change
Country Life magazine did a piece which explored how consumers can help slow down climate change by buying British produce. NFU Deputy President Guys Smith was interviewed where he highlighted the NFU's net zero ambition.
CCC report on reaching net zero by 2050
The CCC issued a report about the UK’s contribution to stopping global warming, focusing on changing land use.
The NFU landed plenty of coverage giving its reaction to the report, including:
- BBC Radio 4's You & Yours and World at One: NFU President Minette Batters ?
- BBC Radio 5 Live: NFU Deputy President Guy Smith and NFU Cymru President John Davies?
- BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat: NFU Deputy President Guy Smith and NFU Cymru President John Davies??
- BBC Radio 4 PM: NFU member Martin Lines?