Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Tyson Foods launched a partnership aiming to support Tyson’s sustainability strategy and help meet increasing consumer demand for “more sustainably grown” food.
The partnership’s first project focuses on land stewardship and aims to pilot and scale agriculture practices on 202,000 hectares (500,000 acres) of maize in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), improve water quality and maximize farmer profitability.
“If the largest U.S. food company can prove the viability of farming practices that are good for the planet and for profits, it would be a game changer,” says Jenny Ahlen, director of the EDF+Business supply chain program.
EDF says the project will use scientific analysis to measure the benefits of sustainable farming practices, help companies like Tyson to evaluate the impact of their sustainability initiatives, and encourage transparency across the supply chain. Other features of the partnership include:
- Analyzing sustainability data on farmland, as part of Tyson’s land stewardship commitment.
- Publicly communicate progress and best practices that surface from pilot projects.
EDF adds that the partnership will help Tyson meet its land stewardship commitment of working with farmers to improve environmental practices across 810,000 hectares (two million acres) of maize production by 2020. The pilot project will use cloud-based agricultural technologies from MyFarms and Farmers Business Network (FBN).
Source: Environment Defense Fund see here