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11. Food, Land and Sea (Summary)

Food, Land and Sea

  • Developing demand for nutritious and sustainably-produced food. 
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving carbon storage from farming.
  • Maximising carbon storage in the environment. 

11.1  Introduction

Emissions from the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) category are different from other categories because methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) are the main emissions rather than carbon dioxide (CO2). Nitrous oxide emissions largely come from the application of manure and other organic fertilisers as well as chemical fertiliser to land, whilst methane is mainly produced by the digestion of food by cattle and sheep. 

Emissions from AFOLU accounted for 17% of Devon’s GHG emissions in 2019.1 AFOLU is both a source of GHG emissions and provides opportunities for their removal.2 In addition to AFOLU emissions, the fossil fuels used in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors for machinery and processes contribute 4% of Devon’s total emissions, bringing the total for the sector to 21%. Solutions to reducing these emissions are described in the Energy Supply and Transport sections of this Plan.    

This section describes what needs to happen to reduce net AFOLU emissions from food, land and sea based on the Climate Change Committee’s (CCC’s) Further Ambition Scenario.3 It introduces goals which will overcome the barriers to achieving net-zero, followed by the actions proposed to achieve the goals. 

11.2 The Change Needed

11.2.1 Develop Demand for Nutritious and Sustainably-Produced Food

11.2.2 Reduce GHG Emissions and Improve Carbon Storage from Farming

11.2.3 Maximise Carbon Storage in the Environment

11.3 Greenhouse Gas Outcomes

11.4 Other Opportunities and Benefits

11.5 Devon’s Goals to Meet Net-Zero

11.5.1 Goal FA – Everyone Can Choose a Healthy and Sustainable Diet

11.5.2 Goal FB – Organisations are Serving Local, Sustainable and Healthy Food

11.5.3 Goal FC – Farmers and Land Managers Have Access to Impartial Advice, Demonstrator Projects and Resources for Low-Carbon Agriculture

11.5.4 Goal FD – The Potential for Land to Address the Climate and Ecological Emergencies is Being Used to Maximum Effect

11.5.5 Goal FE – Mechanisms and Funding are in Place to Protect, Restore and Enhance Nature-Based Carbon Storage

11.5.6 Goal FF – Devon’s Coastal and Marine Habitats Have Been Protected, Restored and Enhanced  

11.5.7 Goal FG – Environmental Law is Effectively Enforced

11.6 Summary of the Actions

11.7 Milestones

11.8 References

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