Morrisons to source only from net-zero farms

Morrisons has said that it will become the only supermarket to be completely supplied by net-zero carbon British farms by 2030, five years ahead of the rest of the market.

It expects that the first products to reach net-zero carbon status will be eggs in 2022, followed by lamb, fruit, vegetables, pork and beef in the years to follow.

"It’s years ahead of industry expectations – and an ambitious target – but it’s our duty to do it," said chief executive, David Potts.

“As British farming’s biggest supermarket customer, we’re in a unique position to guide our farms and help lead changes in environmental practices.”

Agriculture currently accounts for 10% of all UK greenhouse gas emissions, with new research revealing that two thirds of people consider the environmental impact of the food they eat. 

The National Farmers Union has asked farmers to work towards a 2040 net zero goal, and other supermarkets are working towards 2035. 

As a result Morrisons has started working with a selection of meat and produce farmers to create net-zero carbon farm ‘models’ which will look at the emissions picture through the whole lifecycle of farm produce - from germination to store. 

Once a workable blueprint has been established, the models will then be shared with all Morrisons farmers, so that all food can be produced in this net-zero carbon way. 

The farm models will look at reducing carbon via: rearing different animal breeds, using low food-mile feedstuffs, using renewable energy and low emission housing, and cutting down fuel and fertiliser use. 

They will also look to offset carbon emissions via: planting grassland and clover, restoring peatland, improving soil health, planting trees, and seeding hedgerows. 

Environment Secretary, George Eustice, said: “It is encouraging to see Morrisons commit to being supplied by net zero carbon British farms on such an ambitious timescale, helping to protect the environment for future generations.”

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