Brazil food companies to push suppliers into emissions reporting

jueves 29 de mayo de 2014 12:25 GYT

* JBS, Marfrig, Bunge Brasil pushing for emissions reporting

* New protocol launched to report agricultural emissions

* Brazil's farm sector slow to adopt low-carbon practices

By Marcelo Teixeira

SAO PAULO, May 29 (Reuters) - Large Brazilian food companies, looking to avoid environmental-based restrictions from foreign buyers, have joined organizations active in climate programs to develop tools to better measure greenhouse gases emitted by themselves and their suppliers.

JBS, the world's largest beef processor; AMaggi, a top trader of soy and corn; Marfrig, a global processor of animal protein; and the local arm of food giant Bunge Ltd have all entered a program to develop new guidelines to measure emissions from the agricultural sector.

The companies want suppliers to adopt emissions reporting practices to assure investors and foreign food buyers that they are trying to produce in a sustainable way, said representatives working on the program.

"We want to identify the emissions and the emissions reductions in the supply chain, since we have more than 60,000 cattle suppliers in Brazil," said Marcio Nappo, JBS sustainability director.

Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI) coordinated the work to create the guidelines to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). It will present this new GHG Protocol for Agriculture on Wednesday at a seminar in Sao Paulo.   Continuación...