Field to Market is a diverse alliance of organizations across the agricultural supply chain seeking to create opportunities for sustainable agriculture. Organized and facilitated by the Keystone Center, the initiative is aimed at creating sustainable outcomes in such agricultural areas as:
- Meeting the needs of the present and improving the ability of future generations to meet their own needs;
- Increasing productivity to meet future food demands;
- Improving environmental impacts;
- Improving human health; and
- Improving the economic and social well-being of agricultural communities
In its most recent report (July 2012), Field to Market presented environmental and socioeconomic indicators for measuring outcomes of on-farm agricultural production in the US. And it analyzed trends from 1980 to 2011.
The results showed that six commodity crops – corn, wheat, soybeans, cotton, rice and potatoes) are being produced more efficiently than they were 30 years ago. The report also showed that improvements have been made in farm safety and economic sustainability for producers, but that production was using more resources to meet growing demand for food and fiber.
Members of Field to Market cut across the agricultural industry, and include trade associations, environmental and conservation organizations, food companies, grain companies, universities, and seed companies, among others. Monsanto is a member.
For more information:
Field to Market web site.
Field to Market’s mission, vision and goals.
The Keystone Center web site.
Information about Field to Market on Monsanto.com.