Online Carbon Management Tool For Farmers Launched by PepsiCo, Unilever, Heineken, Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Others

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Cool Farm Institute, whose members include PepsiCo, Unilever and Heineken, has developed an innovative online tool for carbon management for farmers. Members of the Institute have launched the tool to help farmers evaluate and improve their environmental and economic performance.

The web application is provided free to individual farmers, but supply chain businesses are required to pay a fee for its use. Other leading members of the Cool Farm Institute include Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Yara and Fertilizers Europe. The Institute is also inviting other businesses to make use of the tool and participate in this collaborative effort on agricultural sustainability.

Tesco’s group food technical director, Lisa Buckley-Hoyle, said that the company is working with a group of producers to help them use the tool to track their carbon emission reductions and resource efficiency. Unilever is also making use of the tool to report its greenhouse gas emissions, which is a part of the metric report requirements of the company’s sustainable agricultural code.

The Cool Farm Institute’s carbon management tool has been launched at a time when several major agri-food businesses are making investments in big data, smart technology and software to target improvements in productivity, resource efficiency and climate resilience. The Climate Corporation, which was recently taken over by Monsanto, has announced a new service to help farmers enhance agricultural productivity and profitability through smart technology.

Monsanto and Novozymes have recently formed the BioAg Alliance to commercialize microbial products aimed at helping farmers improve crop yields with less input.

Source: Environmental Leader

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