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Farmers Union Helps Tackle Food Production 'Complacency' in UK

26 September 2014, at 7:07am

UK - NFU Vice President Guy Smith has been selected on to the Advisory Board of the UK’s Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU).

“It’s only last week that University of Exeter scientists suggested that food-growing nations, including the UK, could be ‘overwhelmed’ by pests within the next 30 years, as climate change helps them spread”, said Mr Smith.

“Research like this should shake off the air of complacency about agricultural production in the UK as it faces an uncertain future climate.”

“Energy production through technologies such as bioenergy crops and solar has also become a political football, so the ECIU drive to ensure that such discussions are underpinned by evidence is welcome. I am therefore very pleased to add farming’s voice to those already on the ECIU board.”

The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit is a non-profit initiative that supports informed debate on these issues within the UK.

Supported by philanthropic foundations, its Advisory Board includes climate scientists, energy policy experts, leaders in fields such as health, national security and faith, MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum, and civil society organisations such as the Women’s Institute

“We’re delighted to welcome Guy Smith onto the ECIU’s Advisory Board, with all the expertise that he and the NFU bring on energy and climate issues”, said ECIU’s Director Richard Black.

“Farmers are on the front line of climate change impacts and are also increasingly important players in the UK’s energy landscape, so it’s absolutely crucial that the farmer’s perspective on these issues is heard.”

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