Updates on the CFA Working Groups (WGs) – October 2020

Beef & Dairy WG

Following their last meeting in June, the beef & dairy working group agreed to select the top priority areas to find solutions for the main challenges of the CFT livestock module. One of these challenges was the applicability of the current feed database that isn’t able to fully reflect the variety of requirements of different countries around the globe, nor to account for feed coming from a deforestation-free origin. Therefore, the group has decided to improve and enrich the Cool Farm Tool by connecting it with the GFLI database – the recognised global reference for animal nutrition and food LCA data feed.

The Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI) is an independent animal nutrition and food industry institute with the purpose of developing a publicly available Animal Nutrition Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) database and tool to support meaningful environmental assessment of animal nutrition products and stimulate continuous improvement of the environmental performance in the animal nutrition and food industry. The Institute facilitates the access to the GFLI database to allow for environmental footprint calculations of products and meaningful comparisons based on a harmonised methodology. It also aspires to maintain and expand its regional and sectorial Animal Nutrition ingredient LCA database, and to ensure the integrity and quality of the LCA ingredient datasets in accordance with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance Partnership (FAO/LEAP) guidelines for animal nutrition and food chain systems.

Soil WG: 2nd meeting set first milestone and next steps

The past few months, experts of CFA members came together to discuss how to strengthen the CFTmethodology on Soil. In small workstreams they looked at different aspects of soil, not only to improve the model for C sequestration in annual crops, grasslands and perennials, but also to include soil health and to evaluate the viability of the CFT for certification schemes and monetisation. This analysis drew attention to different growing systems, management practices & crops, as well as the scope of other necessary process related data.

The result is an inclusive SWG roadmap with desired achievements the workstreams defined as key in the process of improving soil methods. While some topics are already under work in form of PhD research and project collaborations, others are urgencies that will need science & methods development as well as funding.

The next step is to prepare a clear articulation of the details behind the roadmap, including scope, needs and outcomes of each step, as well as the added value for users of the tool. Prioritisation will help to ensure main ongoing topics such as C sequestration in cover crops are driven forward. These documents shall then enable participants to discuss soil work with their teams and collaborate to develop the soil methodology over the coming years.