Our sector, representing farmers, land managers and associated businesses, is a central part of the response to the growing threat posed by climate change. We recognise the role played by agriculture and rural land use in the wider context of global sustainable development. Managing the land is the most basic of human industries, without which we would not be able to sustain all others, including our own lives. Given that we all depend upon large areas of the land for our food and, increasingly, for other renewable resources, we accept our responsibility to use our finite resources wisely, and to mitigate unwanted impacts on air quality, soil, water, habitats and wildlife.
The National Farmers' Union (NFU), the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) launched this joint Climate Change Task Force in January 2007 to present a united stance against the serious threat that climate change poses to agricultural production and the rural sector. By working together, we demonstrate here how our sector offers part of the solution to a major public problem.