Let sheep farmers grow trees and sell carbon offsets to businesses, urge researchers

The Telegraph reports most sheep farms are unprofitable without subsidies, with farmers losing an estimated £4,400 to £6,000 per hectare in a 25 year period when labour costs are considered. Researchers at the University of Sheffield have found that farmers could make a profit if they left their land to allow native trees to return and then sell carbon offsets to businesses and individuals. 

Sheep at feeder photo by Jeheme under creative commons.

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