This section provides farmers (and others) topical information and useful tools to explore and measure sustainability globally - and locally. It’s a diverse collection of sites and multimedia sources. Six are highlighted to get you started. Additional resources follow, organized by resource type.
This US-based organization works to join climate science and agriculture. It aims to involve strategic partners such as farmers, ranchers, researchers, public institutions, and businesses to advance “natural, science-verified solutions that reduce atmospheric carbon while promoting environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic sustainability.”
COMET-Farm is a tool developed for farm and ranch carbon, and greenhouse gas accounting. The tool guides users through farm and ranch management practices including alternative future management scenarios and generates a report comparing current with potential future scenarios.
A partnership of global livestock stakeholders from agriculture, government, education and private sectors. Purpose is to build consensus towards sustainable food security and resource management while addressing key equity, health and growth challenges.
Switzerland-based global organization leading scientific and applied research on organic agriculture, with a special emphasis on transferring knowledge quickly from research to advisory work. Encourages sensible development and trains farmers on effective, sustainable practices around the world.
In this personal account, Gabe Brown tells the journey of transitioning a conventional farm to a regenerative model. He shares the struggles and experience he gained over the course of 20 years, including many innovative solutions and success stories from all over the world.
USDA National Organic Program (NOP) provides regulations for organic agricultural products that are either produced in the US or imported for sale in the country. Includes requirements for growing, handling and labeling organic agricultural products.
California State University, Chico-sponsored center seeks to promote a regenerative agriculture system that addresses climate change, enhances soil health and water and food security while increasing yields, health and prosperity.
Climate Change & Agriculture is a key area of study and project emphasis for NRDC. The organization consists of three million members and online activists plus a network of scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe . The goal is “ensuring the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild. “
Interactive user community that consolidates research, commentary and practical advice on sustainability. Includes topical resources for farmers seeking sustainable solutions and agricultural best practice ideas.
Launched in the US in 1985 as a one-time music festival to raise money for struggling family farmers and highlight their challenges. Farm Aid evolved into an ongoing, nonprofit organization that aims to “promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture - to keep family farmers on the land.”
Melbourne, Australia-based, grassroots nonprofit bringing together food system practitioners, thought leaders and aligned funders to direct capital investments into regenerative food systems at the rate required to avoid climate catastrophe. It provides robust governance and rigorous assessment frameworks in an open-source knowledge commons.
The Soil Association is a UK-based charity “working to transform the way we eat, farm and care for the natural world.” The organization’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Soil Association Certification Limited is the UK’s largest organic certification body.
Agrecalc is a carbon footprint tool designed by Scottish agricultural colleges and consultant organizations to identify the main sources of carbon emissions. Allows sustainable improvements to be monitored and defines benchmark key performance indicators using an extensive UK farm database.
“Created by farmers for farmers”, the Farm Carbon Calculator is one of several tools provided by a UK-based “Community Interest Company”. Estimates the total carbon emissions and carbon offsets, expressed as tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), percentage of total emissions/sequestration, and the carbon balance of a local agriculture enterprise/ farm.
The Global Farm Metric (GFM) members include farming and environment groups, certifiers, food companies, financial services, and government. Aims to create worldwide standards for measuring “whole farm” sustainability on all farming systems and landscapes.
An Australia-based podcast that shares insights and knowledge from farmers, scientists and industry on the need for changes to the agricultural system. There is a companion video series from the sponsoring organization, Greater Sydney Local Land Services, called “From the Ground Up – marketing fundamentals”.
A 40 minute YouTube video, based on the book Polyface Designs that shares a sample lesson of eco-pioneering, Virginia farmer Joel Salatin. Salatin describes the ways he and his family have tried to promote their mission to develop “emotionally, economically, environmentally enhancing agricultural enterprises and facilitate their duplication throughout the world.”
Winner of numerous awards, this 2020 documentary explores how regenerative agriculture practices can “completely and rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. “
Online community of experts publishing science-based news and content on environmental issues, causes, and solutions for a healthier planet and life. Examples include climatarian diets & other sustainable food topics.
A user guide from global corporate consortium SAI Platform (formerly known as Sustainable Agriculture Initiative) to complete a farm sustainability assessment, complete with questions, guidance and recommendations.