Agriculture "seems to get away with uniquely soft treatment and I don't think that will last much longer," Tim Yeo MP, Chair of the House of Commons Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change, claimed at the launch of a government-backed report yesterday.
Detailing the findings of the government-appointed Climate Change Committee (CCC), the report on reducing the UK's carbon footprint included a detailed section on greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.
Agriculture accounts for 9 per cent of UK greenhouse gas emissions, it found, with over half of this consisting of nitrous oxide arising from fertiliser use, compared to just 8 per cent from fuel use in the sector.
It added that, although there has been a slight drop in carbon dioxide emissions from UK farming over the last two decades, this has been more than outweighed by increases in food imports.
CCC chief executive David Kennedy said the committee is "monitoring very closely" actions taken by the farming industry.
Chair of the CCC John Gummer MP added that agriculture "has to have the same treatment as other industries".
The report can be downloaded from the CCC website.