The UK uses over one and a half times its land size to provide the nation with products such as food, clothing andÂ biofuels, a new report by Friends of the Earth reveals today (Thursday 7 March). The environment charity is calling on the Government to reduce the UK’s resource use to cut our impacts on other countries, slash waste and save money.The report, ‘Hidden Impacts – How Europe’s resource overconsumption promotes global land conflicts’, also found that the UK importsÂ more than its surface area in agricultural goods every year.Â These imports add to pressure on land around the world, leading to increased food prices and land-grabbing.
Friends of the Earth Senior Resource Use CampaignerÂ DrÂ Michael Warhurst said:
“Land is one of the world’s most under-appreciated resources – from food and clothes to smartphones and tablets, everything we buy is grown on or contains parts taken from the land.
“The UK’s land-guzzling footprint isÂ likeÂ eating a three course meal when you only need a snack – it’s excessive and we’re depriving some of the world’s poorest communities of their fair share.
“The products we consume in Britain directly contribute to water shortages, forest destruction and people losing their land.
“The Government must reduce the UK’s excessive land consumption to lessen our impactÂ on communities and the environment around the world.”
Land footprint is land consumed domestically plus land usedÂ to produce imported products, minus the land which is used forÂ producing products that areÂ exported.
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