UK: Could 'net zero' climate targets mean more indoor farming?

Farmers were told by Emily Norton during a breakfast meeting at Dunston Hall that "net zero" carbon reduction policies could dramatically transform Norfolk's agricultural landscape - potentially fast-tracking new innovations like indoor food production.

Significant change is already on the horizon as Brexit will bring a move away from the EU's existing land-based Basic Payment subsidies in favour of a new system rewarding farmers for environmental improvements and "natural capital" such as carbon stored in the soil and woodland.

But Emily Norton, head of rural research at Savills, said the climate crisis could introduce even more radical change into the policy debate ahead - which may signal "the end of sustainable agriculture as we recognise it".

The Norfolk farmer said the new green payments system, called the Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS), does not yet reflect the broader political focus on "net zero" climate and tree-planting policies now emerging in general election campaigns.

Read the full article at Eastern Daily Press (Chris Hill)

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