Since its launch in 2003, LEAF (Linking Environment and Farm) Marque has provided a credible, independent, third-party mechanism recognising and rewarding good sustainable farming practice in the marketplace.
Representing all farming sectors, including fresh produce, combinable crops, livestock, flowers and ornamentals, LEAF Marque is the leading global assurance system for more sustainable farming, incorporating all the principles of regenerative agriculture. Underpinned by the whole farm principles of Integrated Farm Management, it helps farmers build business resilience, deliver more climate positive farming and improve nature and biodiversity. In turn, through ever increasing retailer uptake, it is helping drive supply chain innovation and engage consumers in positive change.
Safeguarding Precious Natural Resources
|A healthy farm is one that supports the environment in and around it, helping to encourage a diverse population of flowers, trees, insects and animals.|
Building Trust Through Traceability
|The LEAF Marque Chain of Custody allows all the sites that handle LEAF Marque certified products in the supply chain to be mapped.|
Driving Sustainable Farming
|LEAF delivers sustainable food and farming by developing and promoting Integrated Farm Management (IFM). Farmers employ a range of techniques and technology to help reduce their impact on the environment, from the way they manage the soil to prevent erosion and retain nutrients, through to how the farms use energy efficiently.|
A farm business managed to IFM principles will demonstrate site-specific and continuous improvement across the whole farm including: Organisation and Planning, Soil Management and Fertility, Crop Health and Protection, Pollution Control and By-Product Management, Animal Husbandry, Energy Efficiency, Water Management, Landscape and Nature Conservation and Community Engagement.
LEAF Education works across the education, farming and food sectors to inspire, engage and mobilise farmers and teachers about the value of farming in a learning context. They provide training and resources for teachers and help farmers navigate the world of education and support them in working with schools.
The climate and ecosystem emergency is one of the biggest challenges of our time. With the UK government committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050 and global targets set by the UN at net zero CO2 emissions by 2050, global agriculture is under an intense spotlight – not only in terms of its environmental impact but as part of the solution. LEAF Marque certification offers a powerful tool to accelerate incremental improvements at an individual farmer level, which collectively, are driving profound reforms in food production. LEAF Marque farmers and growers are making efforts to reduce their carbon footprint by:
- Minimising energy use, reducing waste, recycling products and taking proactive steps to boost biodiversity
- Collecting rainwater for irrigation and recycling water by filtering and purifying with UV light
- Measuring the organic matter status of their soils
- Diversifying into renewable energy, producing electricity, heat and transport fuels
- Implementing measures to optimise the health and welfare of their livestock
- Investing time in building closer and richer links with their local communities
LEAF Marque certification, built around the whole farm system of Integrated Farm Management, is a powerful catalyst for change. By working with farmers to reward and incentivise change, and with retailers and consumers to ensure a market for environmentally sustainable food, we are uniquely positioned to link landscape health with people’s lives and plates.
What Is LEAF Marque?
LEAF Marque is a leading global assurance system recognising more sustainably farmed products.
The principles of Integrated Farm Management (IFM) underpin the requirements of LEAF Marque certification – a whole farm business approach that delivers more sustainable farming.
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