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Tyson Foods and the Environmental Defense Fund are joining forces on a land stewardship initiative to help meet consumer demand for more sustainably grown food, according to a release. They plan to use cloud-based ag tech from MyFarms and Farmers Business Network to analyze data used in the field.
Their first project will be a pilot program on 500,000 acres of corn to reduce greenhouse gases, improve water quality and enhance farmer profits, the announcement said. This dovetails with Tyson’s goal to improve environmental practices on 2 million acres of corn production by next year. The Arkansas-based company doesn’t own grain farms, and must buy corn and soybeans to feed its poultry.
“We’re using scientific analysis to measure the benefits of sustainable farming practices, help companies like Tyson evaluate the impact of their sustainability initiatives, and inspire transparency across the supply chain,” Jenny Ahlen, director of EDF’s green supply chain program, said in a release.