Exploring farming sustainability options

As the EU’s flagship food policy, the Farm to Fork, and its complementary relative, the Biodiversity Strategy, aim to improve sustainability at all levels of the food chain, the focus is now on the tools that could deliver such ambition.

For instance, the EU’s farming subsidies programme, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), envisages a new green architecture designed to reward farmers for certain agricultural practices considered important in delivering environmental goals.

However, the private sector is not standing idly by and has started to propose tools to help achieve this.

This includes markets to incentivise carbon removals and protocols to assess the environmental impact of products in a bid to assess validate claims.

In this special report, EURACTIV takes a closer look at ways to offer standardised information on sustainable farming practices through the lens of the US Cotton Trust Protocol and how it could help to improve the sustainability of the whole supply chain.

  • Fashion brands at the test of setting sustainable standards

    News | Agrifood 13-10-2021

    Consumers' craving for ever-increasing sustainable products is leaving its mark on the textile industry, creating a shift toward a 'greener' manufacturing process that requires new ways to assess its impact on the environment.

  • ‘Farmer-friendly’ data collection sets the stage for sustainable solutions

    News | Agrifood 15-10-2021

    With a growing demand for sustainable products, reliable data is key for farmers to improve their production practices and prove their green credentials. But how can this be done in practice? EURACTIV takes a closer look at one protocol putting this into action.

  • U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol

    Opinion | Promoted content | Agrifood 15-10-2021

    There is an urgent need for a harmonised framework on corporate communications around product sustainability, and the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol welcomes the EU’s efforts to drive greater sustainability in global supply chains, including in the textiles sector.

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