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The Sustainable Food Lab is a consortium of business, non-profit and public organizations working together to accelerate the shift toward sustainability. The Sustainable Food Lab facilitates market-based solutions to the key issues—including climate, soil, poverty, and water—that are necessary for a healthy and sustainable food system to feed a growing world. The Sustainable Food Lab uses collaborative learning to incubate innovation at every stage along the supply chain from producing to distributing and selling food.

The Sustainable Food Lab is also leading a project to test and bring to market an on-farm carbon calculator, the Cool Farm Tool. Pulse Canada has partnered with H.J. Heinz in a project that uses the Cool Farm Tool to measure the carbon footprint of Canadian navy bean production.

http://www.sustainablefoodlab.org

http://www.coolfarmtool.org

The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform is the main food industry initiative supporting the development of sustainable agriculture worldwide. In 2002, Nestlé, Unilever and Danone created the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, a non-profit organization to facilitate sharing, at a precompetitive level, of knowledge and initiatives to support the development and implementation of sustainable agriculture practices involving the different stakeholders of the food chain.

The SAI Platform today counts over 30 members, which actively share the same view on sustainable agriculture seen as a "productive, competitive and efficient way to produce agricultural products, while at the same time protecting and improving the natural environment and social/economic conditions of local communities.

http://www.saiplatform.org

Field to Market is a diverse alliance working to create opportunities across the agricultural supply chain for continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality, and human well-being. The group provides collaborative leadership that is engaged in industry-wide dialogue, grounded in science, and open to the full range of technology choices.

Field to Market has conducted two major projects on sustainable agriculture in the United States. A national indicator report was initially published in 2009, showing the improvements made to corn, soy, cotton and wheat production. This report was updated in 2012. Field to Market has also developed an online sustainability calculator for on-farm use, which is currently being used for pilot projects by General Mills, Syngenta, Kellogg’s, Coca-Cola and Bunge.

http://www.fieldtomarket.org

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) is a diverse, multi-stakeholder organization whose mission is to design and implement credible, transparent and scalable science-based measurement and reporting systems accessible for all producers, retailers, and users of consumer products. The organization has representation from diverse consumer product sectors, including food, beverage and agriculture, electronics, packaging, paper, and home and personal care. The organization was launched in July of 2009, with an initial push from Walmart, and the first sector to launch was the Food, Beverage and Agriculture sector, which is currently the largest and most active sector in the TSC.

http://www.sustainabilityconsortium.org

Prairie Soils and Crops is an online journal developed to provide farmers with high quality, unbiased information on soil and crop management for the Canadian prairies. Prairie agricultural researchers and various other experts are invited to write articles on various topics and to provide an unbiased scientific opinion on a range of topics. The site is also a resource for agricultural sustainability related topics.

http://www.prairiesoilsandcrops.ca/index.html

Alberta Reduced Tillage LINKAGES program began in 1994 and ended in 2009. It was a partnership with broad-based farmer, industry, educational, wildlife and government support. The partners pooled financial and in-kind resources to develop an extension program focused on improving the environmental and economic sustainability of farming in Alberta. One of the outputs of the program was an online Agronomy Library, which is a good resource for sustainable agriculture in Western Canada. The partners chose to keep the website online, due to the value of the Agronomy Library.

http://www.reducedtillage.ca

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