Yesterday, Katherine Newbigging attended the second edition of 'PhD in An Hour', hosted by Stacia Stetkiewicz and which theme was this time: 'Opportunities for Environmental Improvements on Scottish Arable Farms'. Here are fivee things she learnt:
1- The second biggest farmed product in Scotland is cereal (the first is sheep, but they are not as interesting)
2- Scottish farmers have consistently planted the same variety of barley since 1962 even though new more disease resistant and higher yield variety have been developed
3- Arable farming creates around 8% of Scotland's carbon emissions
4- It is more environmentally friendly to buy tomatoes from Spain that Scotland - eating seasonally and locally is not always the answer to cutting carbon emissions
5- Five people owning 60% of Scotland's land does not always create incentives for tenant farmers to improve sustainability or crop yield
And you, what have you learnt?