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85 per cent of farmers say they feel responsible to take action on climate change

It came as 31 per cent of those surveyed said environmental protection was the most important factor in ensuring UK agriculture keeps its global competitive edge.

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85 per cent of farmers say they feel responsible to take action on climate change

Farmers have acknowledged their role in the climate change debate with 85 per cent suggesting they feel responsible to take action.

 

Results from the latest McDonald’s UK and Map of AG Farm Forward Barometer also showed 39 per cent of UK farmers were already rolling out innovative measures to tackle the issue, such as installing solar panels and erecting wind turbines, upgrading to more efficient machinery and modernising farming practices.

 

More than one third of farmers (39 per cent) also said they were planning to put carbon-reduction measures in place over the next 12 months, with a further 20 per cent in the next two years.

 

It came as 31 per cent of those surveyed said environmental protection was the most important factor in ensuring UK agriculture keeps its global competitive edge.


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Nina Prichard, head of sustainable and ethical sourcing at McDonald’s UK and Ireland, said: “The research results are really encouraging, not only from a climate change perspective, but for the future and sustainability of the industry.

 

“Our farming industry is vital, not just to our business but to the UK as a whole.

 

“That is why we have invested £35 billion with UK-based suppliers over the last 45 years and we will continue to invest in and support the 23,000 British and Irish farmers that help us make the food that we are famous for.

“We want to use our scale for good to help the farmers who supply us to continue to tackle climate change.”

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