Cool Farm Alliance – Annual Report Calendar Year 2021

Just over a decade ago, a group of multi-national food companies and NGOs (the “founding partners”) set out to put the findings from the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), published in 2006, to the test. What is the climate change mitigation potential through agriculture? When research and globally aggregated data meet actual fields and farms, what will we find? … Read More

Pioneering methodology for quantifying carbon sequestration in perennial cropping systems

The Cool Farm Alliance co-created with sustainability consulting group Quantis, soil scientists and industry organisations a new methodology framework for carbon sequestration in perennial cropping systems. This new approach to removals accounting aims to inspire industry-wide change through a credible method based in science, and enables improved progress-tracking, decision-making and science-based target setting in forest, land and agriculture. Land-based industries … Read More

Biodiversity Priorities for New Zealand’s Agriculture

In a recent publication, lead developer of the Cool Farm Biodiversity metric, professor Lynn Dicks from Cambridge University, worked together with co-authors Catriona MacLeod, Angela Brandt and Kevin Collins to set biodiversity priorities for New Zealand’s agricultural landscape. The priorities should reflect the biodiversity outcomes that matter most to the stakeholders involved in the sector and the management practices they … Read More

Farmer Interviews: The Cool Farm Tool as an Enabler of Regenerative Agriculture

The Cool Farm Tool (CFT) is a decision support and engagement tool that enables farmers and supply chain actors since 2010 to benchmark and assess their greenhouse gas emissions and the environmental impacts of their agricultural activities. We spoke to Jake Freestone (farm manager at Overbury Farm, UK), Eric Ziehm (dairy farmer from High Meadows of Hoosick, NY, and supplier … Read More

Finish Brand First to Communicate Pork Carbon Footprint On-Pack

Atria, one of the leading meat and food companies in Northern Europe. In November 2021, the company has started to disclose the carbon footprint of its pork products on its consumer packaging, following the carbon footprint label on chicken products introduced earlier in the year. The label on the packaging indicates the climate impact of the entire production chain of … Read More

Learnings from the COOL SOIL INITIATIVE: Using the Cool Farm Tool to Drive Transformation at Scale in Soil Health and Farmer Resilience

  The Cool Soil Initiative is a $2.5 million partnership led by Mars Petcare, Kellogg Australia, Manildra Group, Allied Pinnacle, Charles Sturt University, Food Agility CRC, Sustainable Food Lab, and AgriSci that is working with grain growers through regional farming systems groups (FSGs) to test and validate management practices which can mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on-farm, while also delivering … Read More

6 companies offering carbon-based payments to arable farmers

Mike Abram presents in one of his newest Farmers Weekly articles an insightful overview of six companies offering carbon-based payments to arable farmers: Nori Indigo Ag Bayer Soil Capital Soil Heroes and Gentle Farming. Abram also draws attention to other six companies to keep an eye on. The Cool Farm Tool is one of the driving medium used in some … Read More

EcoWinery: Using the Cool Farm Tool for Product Environmental footprints (PEF) in vineyards

In this second newsletter bulletin of the EcoWinery Project, you receive a quick overview of the project around the determination of PEF parameters in Cypriot grape production, carried out by the Cyprus University of Technology in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen and the Cool Farm Alliance. View the newsletter here: 2nd EcoWinery Newsletter 2021  

Leverage points to scale regenerative agriculture and GHG emission reductions

At the 2021 Cool Farm Alliance Annual General Meeting, Hal Hamilton, Co-Founder at the Sustainable Food Lab, moderated a thought-provoking session on “Enabling change – leverage points to scale regenerative agriculture and GHG emission reductions” with leading stakeholders from the agri-food industry and members of the Cool Farm Alliance: Luc Beerens, Global Sustainable Sourcing Director at Mars, Margaret Henry, Director … Read More

How Coop Coffees is Tackling Soil Carbon & Climate Justice Together

Have a look at Climate Collaborative’s webinar featuring Monika Firl, Director of Sustainability at Coop Coffees, and Daniella Malin, Cool Farm Alliance Deputy General Manager and Senior Program Director of Agriculture & Climate at the Sustainable Food Lab and their presentation on structuring and financing rigorous, science-driven regenerative agriculture pilots that build in climate justice considerations from the ground up. … Read More