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TEDxSustainableFoodTrust – Global Farm Metric

We stand at a critical moment in history for food and farming. Accelerating climate change, and a growing awareness of the impact of industrial agriculture on nature, our health and future prosperity have created a moment of opportunity to build a more sustainable farming future.

We need to make farmers globally the stewards of nature, climate and health. If we are to do this, we need to be able to measure the impact of agriculture on our land and oceans because ‘you can’t manage what you can’t measure’.

We need a single, harmonised Global Farm Metric.We believe this metric will be the foundation of change, driving progress towards sustainable, regenerative agriculture on a global scale. Governments could use it to determine the future of farm support, retailers and food companies in their buying policies, banks and investors to guide investment decision making and consumers to better understand the relative sustainability of the products they buy.

To reach agreement on the component parts of a Global Farm Metric, we have formed an international coalition; farmers, government, finance, retailers, regulators & certifiers, and philanthropy to work together to agree this and to drive change.

As part of our TEDx Countdown event on Thursday 29th April, we heard from leading and inspiring thinkers about why they are part of this growing coalition, how farming can be part of the solution and why a global sustainability metric is essential in our fight against climate change.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At our TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and thoughts about how we can be best equipped to respond to climate change. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organised and operates under license from TED.

For more information:

  • Find our official TEDx event page here.
  • Click here to read more about our sustainability metrics project.
  • Hear what our CEO, Patrick Holden, and CEO of LEAF, Caroline Drummond, has to say about TEDx on the Today Programme and Farming Today.
  • Read more about the project from Business Green.