March 2017 annual meeting – registration open

After the success of our 2016 annual meeting, we are returning to New College in Oxford, UK for the CFA Annual Meeting. Please check your diaries – the confirmed dates are 16th & 17th March, 2017. Each year, the Cool Farm Alliance members and wider stakeholders gather to help steer development, to find crops, regions and projects for collaboration, to hear … Read More

Q&A from the Cool Farm Tool online launch event

The more than 100 questions that came in during our 90 minute Cool Farm Tool online launch event this past September, give an indication of how widely Cool Farm Tool interest is spread across the globe, across crops and farm systems types. Here is a sampling of questions and answers.

Costco organic eggs

Costco stores used the Cool Farm Tool to engage its entire organic egg supply base in a program of continuous improvement in agricultural sustainability. The results of the program show a 14 percent reduction in greenhouse gasses over 3 years and initiatives underway to realize still more reductions while benefiting farmers. DOWNLOAD CASE STUDY HERE

Smart farmers opt for the power of data with the Cool Farm Tool

By Yvette Faber, Solidaridad Science and technology will soon be integrated in the farms of the future. With the launch of the online Cool Farm Tool (Sept 29, 2016), farmers now have access to hard data that shows the effect of their farming practices and how to improve them – right in their own hands. But are we going too … Read More

Successful Cool Farm Tool online launch

We’re delighted with the success of our Cool Farm Tool online launch event, September 29, 2016. For those of you that missed it, please find here slides and recording.(You must download the recording to view it all, the link takes you to a preview and download option). A total of 202 people registered ahead of time, 133 people attend and … Read More

Event: 29th September – Cool Farm online launch!

We are hosting our online launch webinar at 1500 BST for the online launch of the Cool Farm Tool, and supporting resources. The 1.5h session will include: live demo of latest features for greenhouse gas measurement; introduction and demo of new biodiversity module; updates on latest developments and upcoming methods; and 45min Q&A with all registrants. Sign up for the … Read More

Danone’s journey to the Cool Farm Alliance

At the end of 2015, Danone announced a very ambitious objective: to become a Zero Net Carbon Company by 2050, covering full scopes including agriculture. The challenge is huge and it starts by getting robust and reliable methods and tools to monitor the progress of the greenhouse gas footprints of the agricultural raw materials we source, mainly raw milk. Even … Read More

Mandate for rapid reduction

The Cool Farm Tool has evolved to become THE global farm-level tool for measuring carbon. Our mandate now is to manage a rapid reduction of emissions. Measurement might turn out to have been the easy part. The Cool Farm Tool began modestly. After Unilever and the University of Aberdeen developed a beta version of the tool, Christof Walter said he … Read More

Finding the frequency for sustainable ag

Having worked full time in sustainable development within the corporate sector for the past 15 years I have seen many changes, from a focus on energy, water, waste within the factory through to highly conceptual (and practical) ideas like the Natural Step from Sweden and Shared Value from Michael Porter at Harvard. With very tangible aspects like energy management, where … Read More

Why would a farmer use the Cool Farm Tool?

Farmers think primarily in input and output, in costs, yield and margin. The current Cool Farm Tool (CFT) provides insight into greenhouse gases and biodiversity. To the farmer, neither has direct obvious impact on costs, yields or margin. So why would he or she, with little love for surveys and paperwork, use the CFT at all? Let’s face it, most … Read More