We understand that the United Kingdom needs to grow more food with fewer resources whilst protecting the environment for future generations.

The UK is faced with an increasing population, the impact of climate change and less readily available resources. By linking the supply chain, from farmer to consumer, our aim is to deliver sustainable food and drink that doesn’t cost the earth.

By collaborating to share knowledge and best practice between growers, processors, manufacturers, researchers and environmentalists, together we can make a difference.

Our aims

To create more sustainable, collaborative, supply chains for a range of crops to the benefit of all those involved.

To provide farmers access to the latest technology, new thinking, and best agricultural practices enabling them to get more productivity from less input.

To share knowledge and best practice to ensure that food and drink supply chains become more resilient, profitable and secure for a sustainable future.

We've identified 7 key areas where we can make a difference.

By working with our farmer partners, we identified 7 key areas of focus for improving the sustainability of farming environments. Our farmer partners highlighted and prioritised these as areas they believe they need to invest time and money and improve their knowledge over the next 3 years.

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Spring barley trial.

Malting variety Planet being drilled at STC Cawood for Heineken UK & Muntons PLC using a Baertschi Rotor Strip Till.

Sustainable Futures funded on farm research at Stockbridge Technology Centre to investigate the practical use of inter-row cropping, where malting barley is drilled into a white clover crop. The aim was to provide the barley with additional nitrogen, fixed by the clover, whilst providing a friendly environment for pollinators and other beneficial insect varieties to flourish.