Cool Farms: Climate friendly agriculture for policy makers and farmers

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  • Published on:  9/8/2017
  • Climate change and the need to feed around 10 billion people by 2050 are two of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Agriculture needs to provide more food from less input and, with agriculture contributing around a quarter of human greenhouse gas emissions; it needs to do so while reducing its impact on the climate.Professor Pete Smith, Professor of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Aberdeen conducted research that underpins international climate policy choices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. He produced evidence for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the consequences of climate change for land-use and agriculture. He and his team developed the Cool Farm Tool - a greenhouse gas accounting software tool.A consortium of the world’s leading agri-food companies (including Unilever, Pepsi Co, Tesco, Heineken, Heinz, McCain, Ben and Jerry’s, Costco and Marks and Spencer) use the software in many countries around the world. These major companies control large parts of the global food industry chain and have ambitious remission reduction targets. The Cool Farm Tool helps them to assess greenhouse gas emissions and devise plans for greenhouse gas emission reduction.
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