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Climate crisis and farming

Climate crisis and farming 2 July 2020

Farmers fear climate crisis will have greater impact on their business than coronavirus (via Business Green)

To coincide with new sustainability strategy agri-business giant Syngenta releases poll showing growing concern worldwide about impact of climate change on crop yields and farmers

More than 70 per cent of large-scale farmers in the US, France, China, Brazil, India and across much of Africa harbour significant concerns about the impact of climate change on their crops and business over the next five years, the findings of a major new Ipsos Mori poll have shown.

A survey of 600 farmers carried out by the pollster on behalf of Swiss biotechnology giant Syngenta in February found 72 per cent were worried about the impact of climate change on their crop yields, animal health, and ability to do business.

And, several months later, Ipsos Mori carried out another poll of 200 large scale farmers in Europe, which found that while 46 per cent were concerned that dealing with Covid-19 would have substantial impacts on their business, 53 per cent still saw climate change as a more pressing priority.

Indeed, 63 per cent said climate change would have a greater impact on their business than coronavirus over the next five years, according to the poll.

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