LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is the leading charity organisation delivering more sustainable food and farming. They work with farmers, the food industry, scientists and consumers, to inspire and enable sustainable farming that is prosperous, enriches the environment and engages local communities.

Agriculture worldwide is facing one of its greatest challenges: to produce enough nutritional food to fulfil the needs of our current and future population, while at the same time, protecting the environment and human health.

Finding and implementing innovative solutions to sustainability challenges cannot be addressed in isolation. It requires the involvement of a wide range of actors from across the food chain – farmers, retailers, researchers and NGO’s.

This involves work­ing close­ly with our pro­duc­ers, pro­vid­ing them with the right tools and ser­vices to make mean­ing­ful changes on the ground and inspir­ing retail­ers and con­sumers in pur­suit of the ulti­mate goal — a more sus­tain­able and resilient food and farm­ing chain.

Over the last six years, we have seen steady improve­ments in how our pro­duc­ers are man­ag­ing their soil and water, con­serv­ing ener­gy, pro­tect­ing their crops, enhanc­ing wildlife habi­tats and reach­ing out to their local com­mu­ni­ties. All deliv­ered through our pro­duc­ers’ com­mit­ment to Inte­grat­ed Farm Man­age­ment (IFM) and their dri­ve and deter­mi­na­tion to improve their farm­ing practices.

 

Information is sourced from the LEAF website. Head there to find out more!

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