Carbon Standards for Agricultural Products

Dr. Thom Achterbosch is a Senior Advisor to the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC). In this Farming First interview, he discusses carbon standards for agricultural products and how they can be implemented within a global trading system.

He goes through two examples of how private sector agricultural businesses have been active. The first example is from the New Zealand dairy industry, which researched and designed its own set of carbon standards; this research demonstrated that the majority of emissions came during the production phase rather than the processing or transport. The second example is from the Kenyan horticulture industry, which reacted to industry standards which they felt were not comprehensive or accurate for their products.

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