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    Orange is the new Green – Intellync Sustain supports Freshgrowers to grow world’s first carbon neutral carrots


    Nottinghamshire vegetable cooperative, Freshgrowers, have produced the world’s first
    carbon-neutral carrots.
    Freshgrowers is a cooperative of 10 farmers based in the Nottingham area, supplying
    premium Chantenay carrots grown within 15 miles of the packhouse to supermarkets
    and catering customers across the UK.

    Working together with Campbell-Gibbons Consulting, Intellync-Sustain and Carbon
    Neutral Britain, the group used a product life-cycle analysis approach to calculate the
    carbon footprint of its Chantenay carrot production from field to packhouse.

    The data revealed an impressively low level of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from
    the production and harvesting of the 2021/22 Chantenay crop, at just under 363 tonnes
    of carbon equivalent (CO²e) for 12,500 tonnes of carrots. That’s a carbon footprint of
    just 0.03 grams of CO²e per kilogram of carrots.

    To put that into perspective, the average carbon footprint of a kilogram of beef is
    60kgCO²e, bananas 0.7 kgCO²e, eggs 4.5kgCO²e and milk 3kgCO²e1.
    The largest source of GHG emissions from Chantenay production overall was the fuel
    used in field operations (77%), with the remaining emissions produced by fertiliser,
    crop protection products and the incorporation of crop residues into the soil.
    “Chantenay may be small, but we have big sustainability plans for our carrots and are very
    proud of our carbon neutral status.” said Martin Evans, Managing Director of
    “This is the final step in a long process of carbon reduction for us as a cooperative.
    Growing carrots in and around the Sherwood Forest landscape character area, we have
    always taken a pride in soil conservation, provision of habitat for farmland birds and
    insects, and sympathetic hedgerow management. All of our farms have participated
    heartily in agri-environment schemes since their inception too. But now, with our carbon
    neutral status and new sustainability plan, we are seriously upping our game to deliver
    even more for the environment from the production of our carrots.”

    James Poynter, Director of Carbon Neutral Britain said: “Carbon Neutral Britain is proud
    to support Freshgrowers in their Carbon Neutral Product status. It is great to see that the
    environmental impact of production is already quite small, and by carbon offsetting
    Freshgrowers will be reversing their environmental impact from some unavoidable
    emissions in the production and harvesting process.
    “Through Carbon Neutral Britan’s Climate Fund portfolio, Chantenay’s emissions will be
    offset via renewable projects around the world, resonating well with the growers’ own
    investments in green energy as a cooperative.”
    The carbon measurement and offset exercise will be repeated annually, with the next
    audit due in spring 2023, Martin Evans explained: “Our carbon footprint may be low, but
    the challenge now is to see if we can reduce it even further.
    “We hope our customers will embrace our achievement too as they seek to tackle their
    own supply chain emissions. Our new on-pack labelling will be rolled out over the coming
    weeks and will help customers to easily our carbon-neutral carrots on the shelf.
    “Make no mistake, orange is the new green.”
    1 (figures based on global average values)



    Freshgrowers: Freshgrowers (often referred to as Freshgro) is a co-operative formed in June 1998 by
    10 farmers. The group pioneered bringing back Chantenay carrots to the UK and is now the world’s
    leading supplier, supplying over 90 per cent of the UK Chantenay market. Freshgro has a farming base
    of over 20,000 acres, and grows and markets both conventional and organic vegetables, including
    Piccolo parsnips, asparagus and other root crops. It has nearly two acres of factory space, serving all
    the country’s retailers.

    Orange is the New Green: Chantenay’s carbon neutral status forms part of the cooperative’s new
    sustainability plan, Orange is the New Green. The new plan targets environmental action in the areas
    of biodiversity gain, energy and fuel efficiency, integrated crop management, and packaging
    reformulation to create a carrot fibre-based punnet.

    Chantenay carrots: The Chantenay carrot originated from the Chantenay region of France, with early
    references found back in the mid 1800s, where it was used in medicine. Production of Chantenay for
    the fresh market was revived by Freshgrowers in the 1990s, who have transformed the carrot’s
    appearance and performance through a twenty-year breeding programme.
    Carbon Neutral Britain: Carbon Neutral Britain is an organisation that helps businesses offset their
    footprint via verified projects around the world. Certified to the highest standards, all the carbon
    offsetting projects that it supports are regulated through the Verra – Verified Carbon Standard (VCS),
    the Gold Standard – Voluntary Emission Reductions (VER) and the United Nations – Certified Emission
    Reductions (CER) programmes. As the three largest, and most regulated carbon offsetting standards
    used globally by businesses – this ensures the measurements, and tonnes of CO2e offset are accurate,
    and verified.

    Campbell-Gibbons Consulting: agriculture and horticulture policy consultancy, run by former NFU
    Chief Horticultural Adviser and AHDB Board Member, Hayley Campbell-Gibbons.
    Intellync-Sustain: Part of the AB Agri Group, Intellync-Sustain is a specialist in agricultural and
    horticultural data gathering and analysis. It provides clear, comprehensive and verified carbonfootprint
    assessments for agri-products and businesses:


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