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Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture is seeing more clearly the need for and value of sustainable crop production.
Farmers can create their own farm Fieldprint with the Field to Market online calculator tool, allowing them to enhance on-farm sustainability by looking at a range of factors.
2020 is not really that far off.
But in six years, food giant General Mills is committing to sustainably sourcing 100% of its 10 priority ingredients, two of which are corn and wheat. General Mills is among a growing list of food manufacturers, retailers, agribusinesses, grower organizations, conservation groups and others focusing on sustainable food, fiber and fuel production.
Why? A food company like General Mills essentially takes the output of Mother Nature, transforms this output into a food product, and sells it. If the front end breaks down, food companies, and essentially, the entire food supply chain, will feel the pain — not to mention anyone who eats.
Add to this climate change and the charge of feeding a global population projected to reach 8 billion by 2025 with limited natural resources, and sustainable agriculture quickly takes on greater significance.
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General Mills and more than 50 other organizations are members of Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (fieldtomarket.org), whose Fieldprint projects involve partnering with growers to establish sustainability baselines for the fields they farm. Once baselines or benchmarks are established for a given area and production practices, growers can better understand where they can improve resource management — to produce crops more sustainably and economically, while improving and protecting the environment.