LMC is actively involved in a number of working groups, initiatives and implementation partnerships aimed at delivering the vision of a sustainable and profitable red meat industry in Northern Ireland. These include;
- Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform Beef Working Group
The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform) is the primary global food & drink value chain initiative for sustainable agriculture.
Food companies and retailers are the largest purchasers of agricultural raw materials. To ensure a constant, increasing and safe supply of agricultural raw materials, these must be grown in a sustainable manner.
SAI Platform develops (or co-develops) tools and guidance to support global and local sustainable sourcing and agriculture practices. Examples of recently developed resources include: Sector ‘Principles and Practices’ documents; Practitioner’s Guide for Sustainable Sourcing; recommendations for Sustainability Performance Assessment (SPA); and the Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA).
- SAI Platform is the only global food industry initiative for sustainable agriculture.
- It seeks involvement from all food chain stakeholders willing to play an active role in the development, recognition and implementation of sustainable practices for mainstream agriculture.
- The initiative gathers and develops knowledge on sustainable agriculture, which it then shares with all interested parties to reach common understanding of the concept and of its long-term implications.
- It has an inclusive approach, taking into account any valuable initiatives and concepts, for instance elements from both integrated and organic farming, as far as they contribute to sustainable agriculture.
- It aims at developing sustainable agriculture for the mainstream agricultural produce through a continuous improvement process that allows for an easier and more flexible adoption by farmers, worldwide.
2. Greenhouse Gas Implementation Partnership (GHGIP)
DAERA co-ordinated Agriculture & Forestry Greenhouse Gas Implementation Partnership which completed the Efficient Farming Cuts Greenhouse Gases report at the end of 2011. The Phase one 2014 report was then completed and more recently the GHGIP has published its updated ‘Efficient Farming Cuts Greenhouse Gases Implementation Plan 2016 – 2020’. The plan (and related documents) focus on encouraging the implementation of a series of on-farm efficiency measures which can improve farm performance and reduce the carbon intensity of local food production and signposts the support available to facilitate this.
To learn more about any of LMC’s sustainability activities please call LMC on 028 9263 3000