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The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members Multiple Benefits of Agriculture Andrew Clark Head of Policy Services National Farmers Union

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Page 1: The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members Multiple Benefits of Agriculture

The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members

Multiple Benefits of Agriculture

Andrew Clark

Head of Policy Services

National Farmers Union

Page 2: The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members Multiple Benefits of Agriculture

The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members

“The landscape of England and Wales is a striking example of the interdependence between the satisfaction of man’s material wants and the creation of beauty…the beauty of the countryside is the direct result of the cultivation of the soil and there is no antagonism between use and beauty”.

1942 Scott Committee on Land Utilisation

Page 3: The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members Multiple Benefits of Agriculture

The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members

The multiple roles of farming in the 21st Century

• Food producers• Environmental stewards• Climate managers• Cultural guardians• Producers of renewable fuels and fibres• Flood managers and water gathers

• Changing and complex emphasis on these roles

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The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members

Region 2007 (Millions)

2050 (Millions)

%

Change

World 6,671 9,191 +38%

High Income 1,223 1,245 +2%

Low Income 5,448 7,946 +46%

Africa 965 1,998 +107%

Asia 4,030 5,266 +31%

Latin America 572 769 +34%

North America 339 445 +31%

Europe 731 664 -9%

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The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members

UK Agri-Environment schemes

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Page 6: The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members Multiple Benefits of Agriculture

The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members

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The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members

Farming’s Climate Change footprint

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The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members

Farming and Climate Change

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The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members

The challenge of value…

• Doubt about farming’s role• ‘Benefit’ is often a non-excludable public good• Perspective driven value judgements• Income foregone and costs of management• Monopsonistic market for environmental goods

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The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members

Summary• Expectations are changing – priorities

shifting• Choice is not between roles but

integrating roles• New roles mean new challenges• Challenge of valuation

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The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members

www.whyfarmingmatters.co.uk

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