At present, most farmers and land managers participate in multiple and overlapping sustainability assessment schemes required to satisfy several different stakeholders, including government, certification bodies and food companies. It has been estimated that worldwide there are more than 100 different on-farm sustainability assessment tools in existence, as a result of which food producers are subjected to unnecessary bureaucracy, time and expense in meeting these compliance requirements.

Convinced that an opportunity existed for the UK to play a leading role in the development of a unified assessment tool, the Sustainable Food Trust convened a small group of farmers and land managers to undertake a gap analysis of a number of the leading sustainability assessment tools. The findings of this analysis can be found in our report, Sustainability Assessment: The Case for Convergence.

At the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) earlier this month, we presented an overview of the research and what the working group has been up to over the past few months. Chaired by Chief Executive of the Rothschild Foundation Fabia Bromovsky, Patrick Holden presented the work of the SFT while Tim Field of Agricology and Daylesford Organic represented the producer working group. The audience also had a chance to contribute their ideas and there was a lively discussion. Watch the film below to see the full session.

 

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