LEAF Marque crop area rises by eight per cent

LEAF (Linking Environment & Farming) has increased the area of crops grown under its LEAF Marque certification by nearly eight per cent over the past year to 266,000ha, with growth in Northern Europe at nearly 30 per cent, according to its latest report.

At the same time there has been a 29 per cent increase in cropped area benefitting from increasing stored water; a four per cent increase in the area on which energy consumption is measured; and a 17 per cent rise in the area on which nitrogen efficiency per tonne of product is measured, now representing nearly half of all certified growing area. A quarter of all UK-grown fruit and vegetables, including potatoes, is now grown to LEAF Marque standards, with a third of UK apples certified.

LEAF chief executive Caroline Drummond said: "We look forward to continuing our work with the food and farming industry to ensure that the sector is able to assess, demonstrate and improve the sustainability of its products and businesses."


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