The carbon footprint of crops grown on English peatlands

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21 June, 2023


For some time, food imported from recently deforested areas of the world has caused concern. The UK has led global efforts to protect rainforests and tackle deforestation. But what is less known is that food produced on England’s lowland peatlands is just as much of a threat to climate change.

This briefing presents evidence that grain produced on England’s lowland peatlands has a carbon footprint many times higher than soya imported from Brazil’s Amazon region.

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Lydia Collas, policy analyst, 

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