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STUDY REPORTS FARMERS ARE FRUSTRATED WITH FOOD COMPANIES' SUSTAINABILITY DEMANDS
Agri-Pulse reports:

Farmers are frustrated with the sustainability requirements that food companies are putting on them, and the companies would like to do something about that, according to a survey by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.

To read the report click here.

Farmers interviewed for the report said they said that felt their perspectives and interests had been largely disregarded by the companies that are asking them to report data on farming practices.

"As they see it, the data farmers are spending time and expense to provide is, at best, being used to enhance someone else's bottom line, or, at worst, could be turned against them," the report says.

Twenty-eight of 34 food companies that were interviewed said they are aware of frustration among producers. A large majority of the companies surveyed said "they needed to do a better job 'making the case to farmers about the value of reporting and connecting it to important economic and sustainability outcomes.'"

Sixty-three percent of the companies said they favored standardizing questions and reporting platforms by commodity or agricultural product.


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