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Letting Farmers Lead

I recently came across a great news article and an excellent example of how the agri-food sector is working together to reduce the carbon footprint of our food. Food companies have a lot to gain by directly working with farmers to address greenhouse gas emissions.

Pizza Hut, known for cheese-centric innovations, and its parent company Yum! Brands are partnering with Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), on an innovative farm-level sustainability project providing dairy farmers producing milk used in Pizza Hut cheeses with technology and data needed to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

One of the things I love best about this initiative is that it is working directly with farmers. DFA has more than 11,500 farm families, and dairy suppliers. According to the article, once enrolled, farms will receive a SCiO cup, “the world’s fastest lab-grade dry matter analyzer, allowing farmers to access instant dry matter analysis of their cows’ feed, helping deliver precise nutrition and – in turn – produce milk more efficiently, create less waste and reduce on-farm greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to using SCiO cups, farmers participating in the program will have the chance to adopt other practices and technologies such as feed management enhancements and energy-efficient lighting.” 

Congratulations to Pizza Hut and Dairy Farmers of America for taking the lead in cutting carbon emissions. I am hopeful we will see more exciting farmer-centered initiatives designed to make the agri-food sector carbon-neutral.

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Robynne Anderson

Robynne has extensive experience in the agriculture and food sector, working throughout the value chain – from basic inputs to farmers in the field to the grocery store shelf. She works internationally in the sector, including speaking at the United Nations on agriculture and food issues, and representing the International Agri-Food Network at the UN.Throughout her career she has worked with farm organisations like the Prairie Oat Growers Association, the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi and the Himalayan Farmers Association, as well as global groups, to further the voice of agriculture in the food debate. She has also worked with Fortune 500 companies growing worldwide businesses to assist them with issues management and strategy decisions.

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