Farm to Fork: Zero Emissions by 2050!
Agri-food includes agriculture, horticulture and food and drink processing. According to the most recent study, the agri-food sector in the United Kingdom is responsible for almost a quarter of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The British government has set a goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. This target stipulates that the country’s greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activity will be entirely erased by the middle of the century, which makes addressing emissions from the agri-food sector an important piece of the puzzle.
A group of UK researchers, with funding from UK Research and Innovation and led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, will collaborate on AgriFood4NetZero Network+, a new £5 million initiative to look for innovative strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance environmental sustainability of the industry.
The team consists of researchers, industry leaders, government and members of the public, led by Professor Tim Benton from the University of Leeds along with other three experts. “AgriFood4NetZero Network+ will take a whole systems approach, considering all aspects of the wider agri-food system and agri-based ecosystem services” says Professor Tim.
This project will look at how the path from farm to fork might be made more sustainable, in order to meet the UK government’s objective of net zero by 2050.
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