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Zero Carbon Britain

The Centre for Alternative Technology launched its report Zero Carbon Britain 2030 in Parliament last month. It says that Britain should be able to grow most of its own food whilst still producing biomass for heating, electricity and transport fuel, given an 80% reduction in livestock products, which generate 82% of greenhouse gases in the agricultural sector. Much grassland would be used instead for energy crops such as miscanthus and willow. The report also calls for a shift towards organic methods. Download report from

Organic farmer Patrick Noble criticizes this scenario on the grounds that burning the output of about 40% of agricultural land will deprive the soil of both organic matter and minerals. His paper 'Zero carbon Britain or dustbowl Britain' is published by the Institute of Science in Society.

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