LEAF Marque certification offers a coherent framework to achieve more regenerative outcomes at farm level. For more than 30 years, LEAF has been developing and promoting Integrated Farm Management (IFM), driving continual improvement, by an interlinked, site specific, whole farm approach.
Underpinned by the sustainable farming principles of IFM, LEAF Marque certified farmers are cutting emissions, increasing carbon sequestration, enhancing water and soil quality and health, turning to more renewable sources of energy, enhancing biodiversity, and connecting people with more sustainable farming.
Launching the report, Tom Green, LEAF Marque Chairman, said:
“LEAF recognises that the climate and ecosystem emergency is one of the biggest challenges of our time, and with the UK government committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% and global targets set by the UN at net zero carbon emissions by 2050, agriculture is under an intense spotlight. Globally, farmers are increasingly adopting more sustainable, regenerative, and circular farming practices to protect and enhance depleted natural resources and ecosystems.
LEAF Marque certification helps provide the leadership, advice and tools for farmers and growers to improve the sustainability of their operations and how this can be evidenced in a robust and independent way for consumers and brands.
The growing reach and awareness of LEAF Marque both here in the UK and worldwide, is supporting the advancement of real and lasting change in food production. I want to thank our many supply chain partners and LEAF Marque growers and congratulate them all for what they are achieving. It is their commitment and leadership that enables us together, to continue to ‘raise the bar’ for the good of our planet and future generations.”
The report comes as LEAF continues to mobilise its new 10-year strategy. LEAF Marque certification forms a cornerstone of the organisations ambitions to drive change at a grassroots level by developing and demonstrating regenerative, agro-ecological farming approaches, environmental enrichment and leadership in education and engaging society – in the UK and across the globe.
LEAF Chief Executive, Caroline Drummond, MBE, concluded:
“We are extremely proud of what our growers continue to achieve. The impacts outlined in this report clearly show the positive improvements being made to the health of our soils and water sources, to biodiversity and landscape features, to driving the uptake of more renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions and to more sustainable and circular livestock management systems.
LEAF Marque is farmer led. By working with farmers to reward and incentivise change, and with retailers and consumers to ensure a market for environmentally sustainable food, we are uniquely placed to link landscape health with people’s lives and plates. I thank and congratulate all our growers.”