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Morrisons to be completely supplied by ‘net zero carbon’ British farms by 2030

The supermarket expects to launch net zero carbon eggs in 2022 and beef in 2025

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Farmer Paul Coates of Barrockend Farm, Carlisle, launches Morrisons pledge to become the first supermarket to be completely supplied by ‘zero emission’ British farms by 2030
Farmer Paul Coates of Barrockend Farm, Carlisle, launches Morrisons pledge to become the first supermarket to be completely supplied by ‘zero emission’ British farms by 2030
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Morrisons to be completely supplied by ‘net zero carbon’ British farms by 2030

Morrisons has pledged to be the first supermarket to be completely supplied by ‘net zero’ carbon British farms by 2030.

 

The supermarket said it would reach this milestone by 2030, five years ahead of the market as ‘British farming’s biggest supermarket customer’ working directly with its 3,000 farmers and growers.

 

The first products to reach net zero carbon status was expected to be eggs, as early as 2022.


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Sector by sector

Beef

Products may be available as soon as 2025

Work with a beef farm supplying Woodheads meat site to create model with six additional farms in further tests and trials

Plan includes:

  • Smaller cattle breeds
  • Low food mile and low methane feeds
  • Feed additives which suppress methane such as seaweed
  • Reducing water and fertiliser use
  • Increased tree and hedgerow planting

 

Pork

Products may be available as soon as 2025

Six farms to be involved in creating model

Plan includes:

  • Removing and reducing soya from pig feed
  • Renewable energy
  • Soil sequestration

 

Lamb

Products may be available as soon as 2025

Six lamb farmers to be involved in creating model

Plan includes:

  • Finding the best feed types
  • Renewable energy for housing
  • Woodland planting
  • Soil sequestration
  • Peatland restoration

 

Eggs

Products may be available as soon as 2022

Six egg farmers supplying Chippendale site to be involved in creating model

Plan includes:

  • Removing and reducing soya from feeds
  • Renewable energy
  • Soil sequestration

 

Fruit and Vegetables

Products may be available as soon as 2025

Work with potato, carrot, onion growers and soft fruit growers

Plan includes:

  • Looking at crop yields and rotation
  • Different varieties
  • Renewable energy and battery technology
  • Reducing fertiliser
  • Soil sequestration

Morrisons said it will start working with a selection of farmers this month to create ‘models’ through the whole lifecycle of farm produce which will then be shared with all Morrisons’ farmers.

 

These will look at reducing carbon via rearing different breeds, using low food mile feedstuffs, renewable energy, low emission housing and cutting down water and fertiliser use.

 

It will also look at offsetting carbon emissions via planting grassland and clover, restoring peatland, planting trees and seeding hedgerows.

 

Challenge

 

David Potts, chief executive of Morrisons, said: “Climate change is one of the biggest challenges for our generation and growing food is a key contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

 

“As British farming’s biggest supermarket customer, we are in a unique position to guide our farms and help lead changes in environmental practices. It is years ahead of industry expectations - and an ambitious target - but it is our duty to do it.”

 

Minette Batters, NFU president said British farming had a key role to play highlighting the NFU’s ambition to reach net zero by 2040.

 

“I applaud Morrisons on its commitment and look forward to continuing our good working relationship.”

 

Patrick Holden, chief executive of the Sustainable Food Trust said: “Morrisons has shown real leadership in setting challenging targets for emission reductions and for encouraging their suppliers to produce in more sustainable ways.”

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