We have been campaigning for targets for the area of agricultural land in organic management: 5% by 2020 and 20% by 2030
We wrote this blog to explain the key benefits of organic farming.
We also submitted evidence to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, in which we make a strong case for targets and better support for organic farming and agroforestry.
The Campaign for an Organic Target in Scotland's Climate Change Plan
Nourish and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) believe Scottish farming needs higher ambition and stronger leadership from Government to do its fair share of emissions mitigation and prepare for a low-carbon future.
During the development of the Climate Change Plan, Nourish campaigned for a target for organic farming to be included in the Plan. Read below as we explain how it went.
The draft Climate Change Plan published in January 2017 set out a positive vision of Scotland’s future: cleaner, healthier and more prosperous. However, agriculture got off lightly, despite its significant contribution to our climate footprint: it accounts for nearly a quarter of Scotland’s total GHG emissions.
We submitted evidence to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, in which we make a strong case for targets and better support for organic farming and agroforestry. Nourish Director Pete Ritchie was invited to give evidence to the REC Committee, which you can watch here (Youtube, the evidence session starts at 1:02) or read the minutes here.
We were glad to see REC recommending the inclusion of organic farming in the Climate Plan: “The Committee notes that there was a lack of focus on organic farming, consideration of demand side measures or conservation tillage where this is appropriate, in the Draft Climate Change Plan. It calls on the Scottish Government to consider their inclusion in the final draft.”
We also encouraged our members and supporters to contact their MSPs about the inclusion of an organic target in advance of the parliamentary debate on the Plan on Thursday the 16th of March – and we’re very grateful many of you did!
In March 2018 the Government published their final Climate Change Plan. We were disappointed that they decided not to include a target for increasing organic farming in Scotland, and deemed that their overall ambition for emissions reductions in agriculture was very underwhelming. Read our full analysis in this blog: Agriculture will be Highest Emitting Sector.