I have to admit that I smiled when I saw Dave Goulson’s tweet as the same words had been ringing round this house for the same reasons. We should soon expect Ian Boyd to be campaigning against the Badger cull, in favour of fixing grouse shooting and criticising the use of insect-killing pesticides I guess.
But the most eye-catching element of the story is the quote from Guy Smith of the NFU.
Urgent action is needed to tackle the climate emergency. British farmers are already some of the most sustainable in the world. For example, the beef produced in Britain is already 2.5 times more efficient than the global average. And they are committed to doing even more.
However, we will not halt climate change by curbing sustainable, British production and exporting it to countries which may not have the same climate ambition as we do here.https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/31/convert-farmland-to-nature-climate-crisis?CMP=share_btn_tw
I will some time get around to looking at each word of this statement in more detail but just for now this is a classic example of how industries work: we are on your side, we are the good guys but we admit there are some bad guys out there too, be nice to us because we are part of the solution. It can be true, but it certainly is said more often than it actually is true. I wonder what Guy Smiith would say if he left the NFU? Actually, I don’t.
Oh yes, and the article recommended reducing meat intake not buying it from our Trumpian friends across the Pond, but you knew that didn’t you Guy?