How to use the Cool Farm Tool to track no-till success

The change of conventional agricultural production systems to a more regenerative approach is known to benefit the soil and the environment, and is gaining increasing interest from growers around the globe. Such regenerative practices, however, require determination and commitment. Jake Freestone, farm manager of the Cotswold farm in Overbury (UK), has shown both over the past decade when he started … Read More

Healthy soils are paramount in the fight against climate change

The paramount importance of healthy soils as a means to fight climate change is a key message in the UN landmark report published by Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in 2019. The report was a leading force in highlighting nature’s dangerous decline and acceleration rates of extinction. However, despite its clear message that echoes research available … Read More

CFA participates in newly established ‘South Asian Nitrogen Hub’

The CFA is pleased to announce its participation in the new South Asian Nitrogen Hub. The UK Government announced in January its commitment to jointly fund this major international research programme to tackle the challenge that nitrogen pollution poses for the environment, food security, human health and the economy in South Asia. The South Asian Nitrogen Hub, a partnership led … Read More

Announcing Our New General Manager

The Cool Farm Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Profit as the General Manager of the Alliance, with effect from 8th October.  Richard comes from PepsiCo where he has worked for sixteen years in a variety of roles in operations and sustainability strategy.  With experience in renewable energy, carbon accounting, compliance and policy, as well as Life Cycle Assessment, he has been … Read More

CFT2.0 launched!

The Cool Farm Alliance is delighted to announce the live release of the updated Cool Farm Tool, CFT2.0.  The ‘look and feel’ of the user interface has been overhauled, with a fresh modern design and the creation of more space for entering data and reviewing results. Key new features include: Dedicated beef module, building on the success of recent dairy … Read More

A “Foodprints” Application of the Cool Farm Tool: Can Diets in India Be Healthy and Environmentally Friendly?

By Alan Dangour, MSc PhD RNutr, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Francesca Harris, MSc, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Benjamin Kayatz, MSc, University of Aberdeen; and Jon Hiller, PhD, University of Edinburgh With a population of 1.2 billion people and rapidly changing dietary habits, the health and environmental impacts of diets in India is a major … Read More

Global climate action plan highlights key role of food and agriculture

By Cool Farm Alliance member and Chief Technical Advisor for Anthesis, Craig Simmons Project Drawdown, a new book containing research assembled and edited by sustainability guru Paul Hawken, highlights the importance of food and agriculture in mitigating global carbon emissions. Billed as the ‘most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming’, Drawdown maps, measures, models and describes in detail … Read More

Webinar: New GHG Model for Perennial Crops

Recording and slides from this event now available: Recording Slides Join the Cool Farm Alliance for a presentation on a new generic improved model to calculate the carbon balance and GHG emissions from all perennial crops, both food and bioenergy. This work has been led by Dr Jon Hillier and team at Aberdeen University. We are now ready to share … 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.

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