Sustainability

Sustainability

APC Sustainability Initiative

The American Peanut Council established a committee to measure the carbon footprint and other indicators of sustainability throughout the supply chain for peanuts. The committee also collaborates on methods to further improve the sustainability of U.S. peanuts and products. 

Mission Statement

Sustainability begins at the farm and ends with Americans enjoying high quality peanut products.  The American Peanut Council Sustainability Initiative Task Force will provide a forum for all segments of the U.S. peanut industry to:

  • Exchange ideas and information
  • Agree on goals and methods of measurement
  • Determine needed research in the areas of sustainability

The task force seeks to enhance each industry segment’s competitiveness and profitability by improving sustainability throughout the U.S. peanut industry supply chain, while contributing to a better environment.

Goals and Objectives

The goal of the committee is to forge a clear common understanding of what sustainability means within the peanut industry and to ensure that various constituencies’ (business, academic, consumer) evaluation of peanut sustainability is based on consistent sound science and appropriate principles, as well as provide industry members with goals, tools, and support to incorporate sustainability in their business operations.

Fact Sheet: U.S. Peanuts, a Global Leader in Sustainability

To learn more about peanut sustainability from The National Peanut Board, go to http://www.nationalpeanutboard.org/more/sustainability/

Sustainability Improvements supported by the American Peanut Council

Agricultural Improvements

The Peanut Foundation (provide link to foundation web page)supports research that increases the amount of peanuts that are harvested while reducing inputs. This helps to further reduce the amount of water and land required to grow peanuts as well as reduce their GHG footprint.

Some examples of current Foundation projects which will directly improve peanut sustainability are:

  1. The Foundation supports research that allows seed with improved disease resistance to be developed. This reduces the amount of inputs required to grow the crop while increasing yield. This results in an overall reduction in the inputs required to produce a pound of peanuts. Current research is focused on varieties that are resistant to Leafspot mold.
  2. The Foundation is also actively supporting the development of varieties that are more drought tolerant. This will increase yield on dry land farms during times of drought stress and allow less water to be used on irrigated farms while still maintaining a high yield. Current research is focused on finding genetic markers for drought tolerance.

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