In his report at GGC’s recent annual meeting, former Chairman Jason Medhaug discussed the demands for sustainability measurements from within the food supply chain. Measurements normally revolve around three issues: the Environment; the Community; and Economic Sustainability.
The trend for sustainable food production is gaining momentum as food and beverage companies jump on board to demonstrate to consumers that they are responsible corporate citizens. Cargill, Coke, and Pepsi are among those companies who have made a sustainability commitment.
As a supplier to the food industry, Cargill is working to meet ‘sustainability’ measurement expectations of their customers with the assistance of farm operators who participate in a survey. Several Golden Growers members are assisting Cargill by utilizing the Fieldprint Calculator for measurement purposes.
The Field to Market organization’s Fieldprint Calculator is emerging as a key tool to show producer sustainability. The Fieldprint Calculator collects in-field data and provides comparison information on such metrics as water use, greenhouse gas emissions and soil erosion, among others. Producers can compare their performance to local, regional and national averages.
Cargill can provide additional information on the Fieldprint Calculator and will assist GGC members with data entry. Contact Bill Costello at William_Costello@cargill.com or call 952-742-2315 for more information.