You don’t have to look too hard to find messages indicting farmers for the climate crisis.

Producing food for a population that is growing daily in number does have some environmental harms, as is true every time we drive our cars, get on a plane or turn on our central heating.

Scientists have shown that agriculture contributes to climate change but they are also proving that farmers can contribute a great deal to climate solutions.

Farmers and the land they farm are vital for stabilising the climate and increasing our preparedness to climate impacts we can’t avoid.

Cows and sheep in Pembrokeshire are predominantly grass-fed; by eating this grass and fertilising the soil, they manage the grass and protect these valuable carbon stores.

This is true because as plants grow they take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and store it as carbon in the soil.

Campaign groups with their own agendas will always seek to vilify farmers but the truth is that farmers are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work.

And they are doing that already in Pembrokeshire, by increasing cover crops to protect soils and watercourses – one farmer has under-sown his entire maize crop with grass, a technique rarely used until now.

Farmers are adding more rotations in fields, and better integrating livestock into crop production, to drive the movement towards a system of agriculture that can produce food and reduce its impact on the environment.

The county is growing large acreages of potatoes that are certified as carbon neutral and are grown using sustainable farming practices to remove carbon dioxide, create healthy soil and increase local biodiversity.

Many of these practices do a double duty by building climate resilience through healthier soil, reduced flood risk, cleaner water and more.

Farmers are taking pride in evolving the way they use land.

In many ways, they are uniquely vulnerable to the effects of climate change because it is a greater threat to farmers than the change needed to heal the environment and help them make a living.

But they are also strategically positioned to be part of the solution.

This is why they are driving the necessary solutions by innovating on their farms, they are doing more than simply reacting to climate change.

We do not have to choose between productivity and environmental health. We can accomplish both.