New project aims to truly measure CEA industry’s footprint
Added on 05 October 2023
This industry-led initiative is being spearheaded by some of the biggest companies working across the globe in CEA today, including Bowery Farming, Little Leaf Farms, 80 Acres Farms, GrowUp Farms, Local 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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