SLE comment on BBC's 'Meat: A threat to our planet?'

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Commenting on the BBC One programme 'Meat: A threat to our planet?' aired on 25 November 2019, Stephen Young, Head of Policy at Scottish Land & Estates said:

“Scotland’s farmers are already playing a crucial role in fighting climate change through world-class production methods such as maximising the use of grass to feed livestock. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions when compared to systems used in other countries such as using soya & corn to feed livestock. Scotland’s climate is perfect for meat production with abundant rainwater and ample grass for grazing and feeding.

“Agriculture is the backbone of many rural areas in Scotland. To help fight climate change and  secure the future of rural communities, people should make a conscious decision to buy Scotch meat, which is also produced to some of the highest welfare standards in the world, rather than imported meat of unknown quality and provenance.

“Overly simplistic methods for measuring the carbon footprints of farms with livestock need to be urgently changed. The methodology should be more realistic and take into account the work farms are doing to not only reduce emissions but also to capture carbon in our soils and trees, which has a positive effect on the environment.”