Sustainability/Analysis/ Green Glossary: Farm to fork Who launched the initiative? How does it help slash emissions? And which startups are connected to it? We give you the lowdown. By Connor Bilboe 10 February 2022 Vertical farming uses LEDs to grow crops. Credit: INFARM Vertical farming uses LEDs to grow crops. Credit: INFARM \Sustainability Bootstrapped ESG platform IntegrityNext gets a €100m boost from EQT Growth By Mimi Billing 23 March 2023 Sustainability/Analysis/ Green Glossary: Farm to fork Who launched the initiative? How does it help slash emissions? And which startups are connected to it? We give you the lowdown. By Connor Bilboe 10 February 2022 The Green Glossary features in Sifted’s weekly Sustain newsletter. We take a sustainability term or phrase and give a brief explanation on what it means, and how startups are connected to it. Something to do with farming and food? Correct. Farm to fork is all about making Europe’s food systems more environmentally and socially friendly. The EU Commission launched an official farm to fork strategy last year to combat the not-so-green food production sector, which emits a whopping 37% of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions. How is it bringing those pesky emissions down? The EU initiative is yet to reach legally binding status — though it is getting there — but notable targets it’s laid out to reach by 2030 includes halving the use of hazardous and chemical pesticides, making 25% of farmland organic and halving nutrient losses. And what about startups? Like most sectors, startups have been working to disrupt and revolutionise food systems in line with farm to fork. These include Belarus-based OneSoil, which uses satellite imagery to monitor crop development and help farmers make better decisions, Berlin-based startup Infarm, which grows crops on stacked trays indoors and is 90-95% more efficient than outdoor farming, and Slovakian startup Nitroterra, which has developed sustainable fertiliser. Where can I read more? The EU Commission has a bunch of extra resources surrounding Farm to Fork, including a factsheet and an FAQ page. The European Policy Centre outlines the pros and cons of Farm to Fork. Connor Bilboe is Sifted’s editorial assistant. He tweets from @connorbilboe and is the coauthor of our sustainability-focused newsletter, Sustain. You can sign up here. Related Articles Britishvolt sees senior management exodus amid fundraising crunch By Freya Pratty Click here to read more The next solar energy opportunities, according to investors By Freya Pratty Click here to read more ESG ‘should disappear’ and the party at Klarna: Five things we learned from our trip to Stockholm By Sophie Rowe Click here to read more Big brands are trying out fashion rental By Sarah Drumm Click here to read more Most Read 1 \Startup Life UK government to reform ‘equity for visas’ residency application system 2 \Fintech Is Revolut really worth $33bn right now? 3 \Startup Life Techstars unexpectedly pulls out of Sweden mid-programme 4 \Deeptech The other funding gap: it’s not just unicorns that are leaving Europe 5 \Deeptech ‘There’s going to be a bloodbath’ — is generative AI a bubble?