The National Index on Agri-Food Performance has published its first sustainability index encompassing Canada’s entire agricultural and food sector. The index includes reporting on 20 indicators including 130 metrics across diverse topics including the environment, food integrity, economic and societal well-being. This index presents a holistic frame of reference of sustainability priorities, and complements extensive work underway to advance and measure sustainability across Canada’s food system.
“The global imperative to reduce emissions, address the crisis of climate change and deliver on a breadth of sustainability expectations is redefining what it means to be a leader in today’s agri-food world. This Index can now present the sector’s overall credentials and help distinguish Canada’s trusted food brand globally and back up sustainability claims at home.” ~ David McInnes, Founder and National Coordinator, National Index on Agri-Food Performance
The Index does not score individual producers or companies; it presents consolidated national results from production to food retail, reporting on positive sustainability performance, areas needing improvement and the data gaps. Such insights are expected to be used inform policy, strategy, and research priorities.
“Compiling the breadth of sustainability measures into one place for the first time is a significant milestone and doing this in lockstep with so many partners is unparalleled.”
The full report, as well as a series of seven papers highlighting various aspects of the index, published today (May 11), are available on the index’s website: https://www.agrifoodindex.ca/publications-and-events#publications
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Founder & National Coordinator
National Index on Agri-Food Performance