Agri-Food Sustainability

Climate change, biodiversity collapse and viral spillover are here and now, as is the need for an immediate shift in the way the agri-food sector does business.

Yet, sadly, the approach to agri-food sustainability, as advised by governmental and countless other sustainability advisers, has been far from transformational – intead, we seem to be entering a new age of binary analysis, dietary fads and confused and over-simplified solutions.

The Agri-food sector is highly complex, with countless interacting factors informing sustainability performance – so much so that we often work with Systems Engineers on the more complex projects, applying deep systemic analysis to arrive at the most effective sustainability solutions for our clients.

Soil carbon sequestration may provide a real sustainability solution to many agri-food businesses… It’s an emerging science, yet we are learning a great deal thanks to the work carried out by Rattan Lal and others.

Did you know that planting trees can actually contribute to climate change? Despite being presented as a win-win solution by politicians, the media, and many ill-informed environmental activists and consultants, the science is heavily contested.

Or how about pandemic risk and viral spillover? Is your company taking responsibility for its supply chain and investment decisions, where they increase ecological pressures and the risk of viral spillover in pandemic spark zones. Surely a key issue for companies going forward, in the light of the horrendous impact of COVID-19!

These are the type of issues we grapple with – and find answers to – on a daily basis… our specialists are in the right position to help you navigate the challenges, and implement credible and resilient science-based solutions that work. And unlike many in our sector – be they sustainability advisers or even environmental charities, we won’t fudge the science for your benefit, as has been done with “sustainable” palm oil, for example – instead, we will seek and provide real solutions.

EcoCognito’s experts can proactively help your company address the biodiversity crisis… for example, we are setting up a scheme to support the ongoing management of coppice woodland in the UK – one of Europe’s most biodiverse habitats, where managed correctly.

Britain’s thought to have lost around 90% of its coppice woodland during the 20th century – over 500,000 acres: “Data from 7 surveys showed that the area of coppice declined … from 230 000 ha in 1905 to 23 000 ha in 1997” – Ralph Harmer and Jonathan Howe, The Silviculture and Management of Coppice Woodlands

Our director’s an agricultural college graduate and postgraduate science student studying the circular economy specifically within the agri-food sector, with a specific interest in packaging, soil carbon and plastic mulches… we’ve worked across agriculture, forestry, textiles, packaging, and on waste issues, over the last two decades – and our work is always underpinned by the latest academic research.

Get in touch and we’ll begin by defining what sustainability transformation could look like in your company, using only the most credible science-based targets – we guarantee to deliver realistic and resilient solutions that stand up to the toughest scientific scrutiny.