MP highlights growers' environmental benefit

Rewards for growers helping to reduce carbon in the air are sought by a Conservative MP.

A Conservative shadow minister is to ask DEFRA secretary of state Margaret Beckett about possible rewards for growers for reducing carbon in the atmosphere. Anne McIntosh, MP for the Vale of York and shadow minister for women’s pensions and family welfare, expressed her concerns during a visit to York nursery Johnsons of Whixley. She told directors Andrew and John Richardson it seemed unfair that those who put carbon into the atmosphere could be fined, but growers won no reward for helping to take it out. She added that she wants growers to look at supplying sustainable biofuels: “When you realise that there are power stations, such as Drax, that can use sugar beet tops as a biofuel, there must be other crops that can be used as a renewable form of energy. “I hope the Conservative Party will take a lead on this but I also want the Government to take note, so I have decided to ask a question in the House of Commons and follow it up with a letter.”

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