'Farmers are stewards of the land'
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NI farmers 'must adapt to hit climate change goal'

Northern Ireland's farmers must adapt along with others in the UK to help reach a key target on climate change, a government advisory body has said.

Suggestions include planting a fifth of UK farmland with trees.

Livestock numbers should be reduced, as should the consumption of beef and dairy, a new report suggests.

Its recommendations also include restoring peatlands, while the 13.6m tonnes of food thrown away in the UK every year should be cut by a fifth.

Chris Stark, chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change, explained farmers are part of the solution.

  • 23 Jan 2020