Over half of our habitable land is now farmed to feed a global food production system and supply chain. What happens on these farms will determine our future health, biodiversity and climate. However, there are barriers that prevent farmers from becoming a driver of positive change.
There is no common way to measure the impact of farming and land-use from a whole-farm perspective. This makes it hard for farmers to know the impact they are having on their land and therefore how to make improvements.
Environmental, social and economic impacts are often considered in isolation, giving rise to unintended consequences. The pursuit of a single outcome in isolation, such as carbon reduction or biodiversity gain, can come at a cost to other parts of the system.
Lack of a global framework has hindered the creation of a common language that can give farmers, government, the public, food companies and the financial sector access to a reliable baseline of on-farm data.
We urgently need farmers to measure their whole-farm impacts in a rigorous and consistent way to accelerate the transition to more sustainable food and farming systems.
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