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Yesterday, Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture announced the launch of a new Science Advisory Council focused on informing the membership-based organization’s “science-based approach to delivering sustainable outcomes at the field and landscape levels.” Comprised of 12 experts, the Council is being asked to develop a sustainability standard for commodity crop production in the United States that “helps catalyze continuous improvement in environmental outcomes.”
“As Field to Market continues to refine and expand our Supply Chain Sustainability Program in the U.S., we are committed to developing greater involvement from and connections with the scientific community,” said Field to Market President Rod Snyder. “This Council will strengthen Field to Market’s science-based approach by providing expert guidance on complex sustainability issues of importance to the entire food and agricultural supply chain.”
Field to Market has more than 100 members from across the agricultural supply chain, including grower organizations; agribusinesses; food, beverage, restaurant and retail companies; conservation groups; universities and public sector partners. Among them are brands and organizations including BASF, Bunge, Cargill, Coca-Cola, Dow AgroSciences, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), General Mills, Kellogg, McDonald’s, Monsanto, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Syngenta, The Nature Conservancy, Unilever, Walmart, and the U.S. World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Several of these brands were also among the first to join the World Food LCA Database (WFLDB), aimed at developing a comprehensive database for food and beverage life cycle assessments (LCAs), back in 2013.
The organization says it is committed to defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production, and aims to ensure that its approach to measuring, monitoring and reporting on environmental outcomes is “grounded in the best available science.” Its program is centered around metrics for environmental sustainability that focus on outcomes within a grower’s control: Biodiversity; Energy Use Efficiency; Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Land Use Efficiency; Soil Carbon; Soil Conservation; Water Quality; and Water Use Efficiency.
Field to Market’s Science Advisory Council includes the following members:
Published Jun 22, 2016 12pm EDT / 9am PDT / 5pm BST / 6pm CEST