CLA calls on farmers to lead the way in tackling climate change at EU summit

31 March 2015

CLA Vice-President Tim Breitmeyer will today (31 March) call on fellow farmers and landowners from across Europe to play a leadership role in both reducing and managing the impacts of climate change.

Speaking at the 8th annual Forum for the Future of Agriculture, Mr Breitmeyer will set out an optimistic and practical case for how well thought-through deployment of traditional techniques like rotation and cover crops, coupled with cutting edge technology like precision farming and innovations in seed breeding will deliver environmental benefits from a profitable agricultural sector.

He said: “I firmly believe that agriculture can respond to the pressures of climate change.  Farmers and land managers hold the key to the challenge we face. Only we have the knowledge and skill to reverse any decline caused by these factors, while maintaining a thriving and vibrant rural economy with profitable agriculture at its heart.”

The Forum for the Future of Agriculture takes place in Brussels on 31 March.  It is chaired by immediate former Environment Commissoner Janez Potoznic, and has a series of high-profile international speakers.

Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, commented: “Innovation is the key to sustainable food security. Through innovation, we can improve resource-efficiency, adapt to climate change, improve food safety, diversity and quality while maintaining the competitiveness of the agri-food sector and creating more and better jobs in rural areas.”

Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: “Realistic goals and smart legislation regarding the circular economy can help mitigate our resource deficit, strengthen our competitiveness, and at the same time improve our development sustainability.”

Read the full agenda for the Forum for the Future of Agriculture here.