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Change in farming practices are needed now before it is too late

July 12, 2019 11:42 AM

The first ever inter-governmental global assessment on biodiversity prepared by 150 leading experts from 50 countries found that human activity is killing species in greater numbers than ever before. It suggests that around a million species now face extinction within decades, a rate of destruction tens to hundreds of times higher than the average over the past 10 million years.

The primary driver of this change is land use whether this is the replacement of grassland with intensive crops, or replacing ancient woodland with a plantation forest, or the clearing of forests to grow crops.

What is Norfolk County Council doing about this?

Steff Aquarone will be asking the Council's Cabinet at its meeting on Monday - What is the Council doing to mandate environmentally friendly farming practices beyond those prescribed by the government?

Steff says, "The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. The consequences of it going on unabated are frightening."

"Yet it is not too late to make a difference, but only if we start now. It needs transformative change and Norfolk County Council has a role in this. It owns a number of county farms and it can lead the way by promoting good agricultural and agroecological practices to the tenants of those farms and to agricultural businesses across Norfolk."

Steffan Aquarone

Steff Aquarone 07879 451608