New project aims to truly measure CEA industry’s footprint

New project aims to truly measure CEA industry’s footprint

The Resource Innovation Institute has announced the formation of a “CEA Footprint Project” that will bring experts together from across the industry to establish agreed-upon methodologies that can guide environmental accounting and reporting related to controlled environment agriculture, as well as how controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) can be compared to traditional farming.

This industry-led initiative is being spearheaded by some of the biggest companies working across the globe in CEA today, including Bowery FarmingLittle Leaf Farms80 Acres FarmsGrowUp FarmsLocal Bounti, Vertical Harvest, Jones Food Co., and Ljusgårda. The group will meet through early 2024 to determine methodologies for measuring water and energy consumption, overall carbon footprint, and other important environmental factors across greenhouse, indoor, and field production methods. At the close of the project, the group will produce and release a guide on agricultural environmental accounting and reporting standards for farm operations and other stakeholders.

“We need to develop broadly accepted standards of measurement to understand the environmental benefits and impacts of today’s modern farm operations, with their evolving energy and water use profiles,” says Derek Smith, Executive Director of Resource Innovation Institute. “The CEA Footprint Project will not only help farm operations guide their climate-smart pathways, it will also provide a means for retailers and consumers to compare CEA and traditional farming practices. Kudos to the farms who are leading this effort; they are truly making a difference.”

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