Mole Valley Farmers to declare carbon footprint on feed labels

Mole Valley Farmers has announced that it will include information about its carbon footprint on feed labels as a standard.

From the 1 August 2021, all conventional dairy compounds and blends produced by the British farmer owned business will include a carbon footprint (CFP) figure in kg CO2e per kg of feed.

This will sit alongside the usual list of nutrients detailed on the label and will be included on all products, regardless of whether they’re bespoke mixes or off the shelf products.

The carbon footprint figures have been calculated using the latest environmental impact information for individual feed ingredients from the Global Feed LCA Institute (GFLI).

These have been combined with ‘best estimates’ for production and transport to provide a total CFP figure up to delivery onto farm. The figures will be independently audited using a specialist consultancy firm.

Dr Chris Bartram, head of nutrition for Mole Valley Farmers [pictured]said: “The dairy industry is starting to move towards rewarding farmers for reducing their environmental impact.

“We want to help producers to more accurately calculate their business’s carbon footprint by providing them with the information they need about the environmental attributes of the diets they feed.

“We can then advise on where they can make environmental gains with their ruminant diets, whilst also continuing to help them hit production targets and maximise margins.”

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