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State of Knowledge on UK Agricultural Peatlands for Food Production and the Net Zero Transition

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posted on 2024-02-05, 12:43 authored by Isobel L Lloyd, Virginia Thomas, Chidiebere Ofoegbu, Andrew V Bradley, Paddy Bullard, Brenda D’Acunha, Beth Delaney, Helen Driver, Chris D Evans, Katy J Faulkner, Jeremy A Fonvielle, Richard M Francksen, Laurie E Friday, Gemma Hose, Joerg Kaduk, Francesca Re Manning, Ross Morrison, Paula Novo, Susan E Page, Jennifer M Rhymes, Megan Hudson, Heiko Balzter
Agricultural peatlands are the most productive soils in the UK for the cultivation of many food crops. Historical drainage of peat for agriculture (i.e., cropland and managed grassland), without consideration of other associated environmental and climatic impacts, has resulted in a significant emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs). There is a need to reduce GHG emissions without compromising the rural economy and jeopardizing food security in the UK to a greater extent than is currently being experienced. In March 2023, in a bid to identify alternative land management systems for agricultural peatlands to support the UK’s commitment to achieving net zero GHG emissions by 2050, a group of forty investigators met at a workshop convened by the AgriFood4NetZero Network+. The workshop reviewed the state of knowledge surrounding the Fens of Eastern England and their importance for food provision, the economy, cultural identity, and climate change mitigation. A broad consensus emerged for research into how GHG emissions from agricultural peatlands could be reduced, whether alternative farming methods, such as seasonal farming or paludiculture, would offer a solution, and how a localized approach for the Fens could be defined. The development of a holistic, inclusive, and plausible land use scenario that considers all aspects of ecosystem services provided by the Fens is urgently needed.

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AgriFood4NetZero: Plausible Pathways, Practical and Open Science for Net Zero Agrifood

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

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Landscape Regeneration Solutions to the Interlinked Extinction and Climate Crises that support Sustainable Development

Natural Environment Research Council

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School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, University of Leicester

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Sustainability

Volume

15

Issue

23

Pagination

16347 - 16347

Publisher

MDPI AG

eissn

2071-1050

Copyright date

2023

Available date

2024-02-05

Language

en

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No new data were created or analyzed in this study. Data sharing is not applicable to this article.

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