PepsiCo, P&G, Brown-Forman, Thompson Coburn, Tate & Lyle Pledge to Advance Agricultural Sustainability

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Over the last two decades, support for sustainable agriculture and its acceptance within mainstream agriculture has grown significantly. Sustainable agriculture not only prioritizes environment and social welfare, but it also provides economically viable opportunities for growers, laborers, consumers and various others who are a part of the food system.

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, which comprises grower organizations, agribusinesses, restaurants and retailers, conservation groups, universities and public sector partners, has announced new goals to advance the sustainability of U.S. agriculture in six key areas. Field to Market president, Rod Snyder, said that the organization has shown a new level of commitment with these goals to address the collective environmental challenges and responsibly manage the planet’s natural resources.

New members who have joined Field to Market in 2014 and pledged to work towards the achievement of the new sustainability goals include: PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Brown-Forman, Tate & Lyle, Thompson Coburn LP, Agricultural Retailers Association, Agrium, American Farmland Trust, Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Soybean Association, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, The Conservation Fund, The Freshwater Trust, U.S. Soybean Export Council and the University of Tennessee Extension.

Field to Market and its members have made a commitment to deliver sustainable outcomes in the following six specific areas:

  • Sustained reduction in soil erosion on all U.S. cropland.
  • Sustained improvement of land use efficiency on U.S. cropland.
  • Sustained contribution to solving regional water quality problems.
  • Sustained reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. cropland per unit of output.
  • Sustained contribution to solving regional water scarcity problems.
  • Sustained improvement in energy use efficiency from U.S. crop production.

Field to market will seek to engage 20 percent of productive acres of U.S. commodity crop production, representing 50 million acres, in its supply chain sustainability program by 2020. The organization provides effective measurement tools and resources for growers and the supply chain to monitor and promote improvements at the farm level through its sustainability program. The program continues to gain support from stakeholders across the agricultural supply chain.

Source: Field to Market

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