If farmers don’t take control of the climate change debate, they will get pushed around. This is why former NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller is taking on the joint chairmanship of Farming for 1.5 Degrees. Based in Edinburgh, the group has 10 farmers, scientists and environmentalists as members. As a livestock farmer and a qualified vet, Miller sees that issues are not one-dimensional. He believes that feeding people, maintaining biodiversity, and managing climate change have to go together.
- Under the most extreme model, all farms would be either vertical or greenhouses and livestock would be mostly pigs and poultry.
- Agricultural output could increase from 20 to 40 percent, but red meat and dairy would decrease by 50 percent.
- Consumers may have to pay more for their food once these changes to take place.
“Feeding people and maintaining biodiversity have to go hand in glove with managing climate change.”