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Pig Farmers Are Combating Climate Change

by 5m Editor
7 January 2008, at 12:29pm

UK - The latest survey results by Farming Futures finds that 81 per cent of pig farmers questioned say they are taking action to combat climate change on farm.

Although climate change presents opportunities for pig farmers - and 22 per cent of those surveyed cite warmer weather as a climate change benefit - it also presents risks. And managing these risks through adaptation is key to business success in the future.

Pig farmers are urged to use the www.farmingfutures.org.uk resources to find out how they can be part of the solution to climate change and to speak with their animal nutritionists for technical support.

Hilary Benn, Secretary of State said that it is really encouraging to see from the Farming Futures survey that awareness of climate change among farmers is growing.

"I look forward to now seeing the industry go further in recognising its responsibilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and in turning awareness into practical action on the ground," he added.

Farming Futures, a communications collaboration between the NFU, CLA, AIC, ARF, Defra and Forum, aims to raise awareness of the opportunities, risks and responsibilities presented to farmers and land managers by climate change. The project has recently secured £250,000 in funding from Defra's Secretary of State.

5m Editor