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Cool Farm Tool App

This app is a greenhouse gas calculator for farming.  It is aimed at companies who can use it to collate and manage supply chain emissions and for farmers for use as decision support.

This app is a greenhouse gas calculator for farming.  It is aimed at companies who can use it to collate and manage supply chain emissions and for farmers for use as decision support.

The app has been released by global food businesses including PepsiCo, Unilever, Heineken, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Yara and Fertilizers Europe. It was originally developed by Unilever and researchers at University of Aberdeen with the aim of increasing growers' understanding of the carbon footprint of their production systems and  helping them to adapt management to improve their performance. It can be used by farmers of all sizes and types across the world from smallholder cotton and coffee farmers in India and Kenya to egg and potato producers in the United States and United Kingdom.

Read more about the tool on the website here or read the press release here. You can also read coverage of this story on the Sustainable Brands website. (Note that the CFT is free for growers).

Read more about carbon foot-printing tools here and industry actions here.

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