U.S – FoodChain ID, a global leader in sustainability certification, and ReSeed, the pioneer of full lifecycle carbon credit traceability, have joined hands to ramp up sustainability practices within the agri-food supply chain.

The collaboration aims to enhance transparency in measuring and verifying sustainable practices, particularly focusing on carbon sequestration through regenerative agriculture.

The partnership is driven by the shared goal of supporting a healthier planet by encouraging, measuring, and validating the progress of carbon sequestration in the agri-food supply chain.

Leveraging their respective expertise, FoodChain ID and ReSeed will establish a new carbon credit verification standard to incentivize farmers and food companies to adopt sustainable practices.

“FoodChain ID is proud to partner with ReSeed as the exclusive third-party verifier for this breakthrough partnership which incentivizes the agri-food supply chain to adopt more sustainable practices.

“Together with the recent launch of our new global standard for Regenerative Agriculture Certification, today’s announcement affirms our commitment to contribute to a sustainable and healthy planet, while supporting the livelihood of farmers and a transparent agri-food supply chain,” said Dr. Heather Secrist, Senior Vice President, Technical Services Americas at FoodChain ID.

FoodChain ID’s Regenerative Agriculture Standard is an independent, global, business-to-business certification standard for any type of farming, whether conventional or organic, that incorporates environmental elements and regenerative farming requirements for soil health and land management.

Created by Cosmocert S.A, a FoodChain ID company, in collaboration with agronomists, farmers, academia, and industry input under principles of ISO 17065, the new standard applies to food, fiber, or other agriculture products.

It offers certification levels from “under conversion” through to “full expert” regenerative principles, allowing the farmers to progress in their journey towards more regenerative practices.

Acknowledging the significant impact of the food and agriculture industry on global greenhouse gas emissions, the partnership seeks to address this concern.

According to the United Nations, this industry contributes over one-third of total emissions, yet less than 1% of carbon credits in the market originate from agriculture. The collaboration aims to rectify this imbalance by encouraging sustainable practices and providing a robust verification process.

As consumer awareness about the environmental impact of the agri-food industry grows, so does the demand for transparency.

The carbon credit verification partnership is designed to address this, fostering accountability and transparency in sustainability claims and carbon credit offsets. This becomes especially crucial as on-pack carbon emission contribution claims witness significant growth in the food and beverage sector.

Incentivizing regenerative agriculture

The collaboration not only emphasizes transparency but also incentivizes farmers to invest more in regenerative agriculture practices.

By aligning with European Union deforestation-free regulatory requirements, the partnership ensures that sustainable practices comply with international standards. The program offers efficiencies for farmers by combining carbon credit verification with other farm-level audits.

ReSeed, with its AI-powered digital ledger transparency platform, will collect and process data for carbon credit measurement protocols. The platform enables the monetization and incentivization of sustainable farming practices, ensuring accurate and reliable carbon estimates under international standards.

FoodChain ID, with over 25 years of experience in global sustainability certifications, will play a crucial role as the exclusive verifier for the carbon credit partnership.

Operating under ISO 14065 accreditation, FoodChain ID’s independent technical experts will conduct yearly audits of farm practices. This adds third-party credibility to the measurement of carbon sequestration in soil, ensuring the reliability of the entire process.

With the first joint programs already launched in Brazil, involving close to a thousand farmers, the partnership between FoodChain ID and ReSeed promises to have a significant impact on the global agri-food supply chain. The collaboration signifies a commitment to building a more sustainable and transparent future for the industry.

In a statement, Zak Zaidman, Co-Founder and President of Partnerships of ReSeed, emphasized the importance of incentivizing farmers to adopt regenerative farming practices for a healthier planet.

“The carbon credit verification partnership announced today with FoodChain ID as the exclusive, independent, third-party verifier increases transparency and trust across the global agri-food supply chain.

“ReSeed will continue to work closely with global brands and their supply chain to invest in sustainable and regenerative practices to secure the future of both their business and the planet,” he said.

As the agri-food industry evolves, this collaboration sets a new standard for sustainability and accountability.

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