This briefing from UK NGO Sustain examines pressures on land in the UK and overseas, including the impacts of agriculture and the foods we choose to eat. It considers competing land uses such as biodiversity, hedgerows, food production, supporting new entrants into farming, climate mitigation, bioenergy production and land for leisure.
The report’s recommendations include:
- Stakeholders should attempt to assess impacts and consequences when suggesting new land uses.
- Provide better support for landscape- and catchment-scale land management strategies.
- Develop a comprehensive English Land Use Strategy to help prepare for the impacts of climate change and balance competing land uses.
- Use public land assets such as the county farms estate as exemplars of regenerative use, and protect them from unsustainable development. (Read the FCRN’s summary of the report Reviving county farms here.)
Read the full report, A Green and Pressured Land - making sense of the many competing demands for rural and peri-urban land, here. See also the Foodsource building block What is land use and land use change?