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Field to Market

Objective

Convenes diverse stakeholders to work collaboratively to define, measure and advance the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production in the United States.

Overview

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture is a diverse, multi-stakeholder iniatitive working to catalyze opportunities across the agricultural value chain for continuous improvements in environmental outcomes. The Alliance provides a common framework for sustainability measurement that row crop farmers and the supply chain can use to better understand and assess performance at the field, local, state and national levels. Field to Market’s programs helps the food and agricultural value chain benchmark sustainability performance, catalyze continuous improvement and enable brands and retailers to characterize the sustainability of key sourcing regions as well as measure and report out on progress against environmental goals.

Producing Countries (2016/17 unless otherwise stated)

Manufacturing Process

N/A

Manufacturing Location

N/A

Fiber Production 2016/17 (MT)

TBD for 2018

Growth in production (2016/17 - 2017/18)

TBD for 2018

Market Share of Total Cotton Grown (2017/18)

TBD for 2018

Projected growth in production

TBD for 2018

Yield (see accompanying “TE Position” notes)

Participating farmers input their individual yield data

Rainfed/ Irrigated

Both rainfed and irrigated producers are included in the program. Irrigated fields receive a specific metric on the irrigation water use efficiency of their system.

Water Management

Participating farmers receive metric scores on irrigtaion water use efficiency and water quality

Soil Fertility

Partiicpating farmers receive metric scores on the soil carbon and soil erosion implications of their practices; they are required to indicate whether soil testing is used in determining fertilizer needs.

Biodiversity

Particpating famers receive a Biodiversity score for their cultivated fields and other land types on the farm that indicates the potential of their land to support diverse ecosystems. This information is used to educate farmers on opportunities to increase this potential.

GMOs Permitted?

Field to Market is technology neutral. No specific products are prohibited or required.

Use of Hazardous Pesticides

Field to Market is technology neutral. No specific products are prohibited or required. Participating farmers are subject to all U.S. laws and regulations regarding permitted/prohibited chemicals and safe handling requirements.

Use of Synthetic Fertilizer

Field to Market is technology neutral. No specific products are prohibited or required.

LCA available?

No

Water Consumption (m3/ 1000kg fiber*) or best practices used to conserve water

Individual users report their water use and receive and irrigation metric score; overall industry performance has improved significanlty in the US over the past 35 years, documented in our National Indicators Report (https://fieldtomarket.org/national-indicators-report-2016/cotton/)

Primary Energy Demand MJ /1000 kg fiber *

Individual users enter their practice information and receive a score of their energy use per unit of yield. Overall industry performance in the US has improved over time, (https://fieldtomarket.org/national-indicators-report-2016/cotton/)

Global Warming (kg of CO2-eq/ 1000kg fiber*)

Individual users enter their practice information and receive a score of their greenhouse gas emissions (lbs CO2e) per unit of yield. Overall industry performance in the US has improved over time, (https://fieldtomarket.org/national-indicators-report-2016/cotton/)

Eutrophication (kg of phosphate-eq/ 1000 kg fiber *)

Individual users receive a water quality score on four elements – sediment erosion, nitrogen loss, phosphorous loss and pesticide loss – that is calculated based on the fertilizer input, crop chemical input and conservation management practices.

Social considerations / regulations

Field to Market does not ask questions that replicate regulations in the U.S. and does not have explicit social metrics at the field scale. The National Indicators Report considers industry wide economic and social indicators (https://fieldtomarket.org/national-indicators-report-2016/socioeconomic-indicators/)

Verification / Certification (farm level)

Second-party verification is used for project level measurement. Third-party verification is used for projects that make an Impact Claim. The farmer does not apply for indiviudal verification, rather the company wishing to make a sustainability claim applies for process/data verification of results for the farmers in their sourcing project, as a group. This is not a certification system.

Chain of Custody (supply chain)

Product is not physically segregated or physically traced. Two project accounting systems have been enabled for projects that seek to make Impact claims: traditional mass-balance and volume proxy based on production acres.

Product marketing/labeling

No consumer-facing labeling or marketing.

Consumer recognition

No consumer-facing labeling or marketing and no data on consumer recognition at this time.

Livelihoods

No specified price differential or payment requirement for partners, though supply chain partners develop strategies for grower recruitment and retention that may include fiancial or non-financial incentives that have included direct payment, cost sharing, financial assistance, and technical or educaitonal assistance.

Product marketing/labeling

No consumer-facing labeling or marketing.

Quality perception/ implications

No known quality implications
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