Letter from Europe: Meat and milk join the climate change hit-list

While Europe’s farmers are being encouraged to protect the climate by growing more trees, consumers are being told to down less burgers, sausages and milk shakes


European highway users are being continually browbeaten to reduce their “carbon footprint” through buying and driving smaller autos and keeping speeds down on the roads.

This hasn’t affected agriculture too negatively. In fact, it has greatly helped farm survival in some areas by kick-starting a stronger demand for renewable fuels, such as canola biodiesel and ethanol from wheat, potatoes and sugar beet.

Better Farming - February 2009