USA — Bayer and Perdue AgriBusiness are collaborating on a regenerative farming program that aims to reduce carbon emissions and create a model for a more sustainable food value chain across Perdue’s grain network.
The first-of-its-kind program is under Bayer’s digital marketplace ForGround, that helps farms transition to regenerative farming practices and supports businesses in the agrifood value chain lower their Scope 3 GHG emissions.
Perdue Farms is a vertically integrated business spanning the value chain and connects its farmers and the outcome of their sustainable practices directly to consumers interested in knowing how their food is produced.
The program is focused on enrolling farmers who supply Perdue with corn or soybeans. The goal is to first understand their carbon footprint and then identify the best path to lower the greenhouse gas intensity of the grains through the adoption of regenerative farming practices — in turn, improving the sustainability of the ingredients and foods produced with those grains.
Farmers who supply grain to Perdue may be compensated for tracking their carbon footprint and gain access to all ForGround benefits, including science-based agronomic support, a free subscription to Climate FieldView Plus2, and cost savings such as equipment rebates, agronomic tools, and service discounts.
Through ForGround, Perdue grain farmers may be eligible for additional incentives tied to adopting regenerative farming practices, with tailored support.
The collaboration has the potential to take over one million tonnes of CO2 a year out of the atmosphere and sequester it in the ground.
If achieved, this would counter-balance the greenhouse gas emissions from over one billion lbs of chicken, or the equivalent of approximately 200,000 vehicle emissions.
Perdue has committed to aggressive environmental sustainability goals, including reducing greenhouse gas intensity by 30% within its own operations (Scope 1).
ForGround provides a platform for Perdue to go even further, measuring, tracking, and incentivizing farmers to adopt more sustainable practices to decarbonize Perdue’s up-stream value chain (Scope 3).
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