The first foundational element is the environmental element to measure ‘carbon in’.
How we implement and measure this is using our database which has a ‘bootstrap best estimate’
of CO2 equivalent for each of the raw materials we use.
This this then gives us, on any specified date parameter,
the embedded CO2 equivalent in all of the food products that we have produced.
We then offset this CO2 equivalent using all working with an organisation called ‘Rainforest Saver’.
Rainforest Saver is working with indigenous farmers in Ecuador,
Guatemala and Central Africa introducing and implementing an agricultural system called ‘Inga Alley cropping’.
The reason we have chosen ‘Carbon-In’ as our environmental measure for sustainability is because,
in our view, climate change is the largest and most serious challenge we face as a global society.
Out of all of the economic sectors operating globally food is by far the largest contributor to CO2.
This CO2 is over 30% of all climate change gas and is divided roughly into three equal sectors.
Deforestation is responsible for about 10% of all climate change gas.
This primarily comes from both burning the trees and, also the inability for those trees then to absorb carbon dioxide.
Indigenous farmers are still responsible for 30% of all deforestation with slash-and-burn farming.
We believe that by working with these indigenous farmers who have been practising slash and burn farming to
then move to Inga Alley cropping is such a useful way for ALARA to offset our embedded CO2 equivalent in the food we make.
Related page: http://www.rainforestsaver.org/
Related page: Carbon Reports