We recently had the pleasure of welcoming Anél Blignaut, Blue North Senior Commercial Manager, to address the attendees of our Responsible Business Forum for the Agriculture Industry in Cape Town, South Africa.
Global food production emits over a quarter of greenhouse gasses. Read on to find out more insights from Anél’s talk about the industry’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, and the key focus areas for organisations looking to enhance their relevance, resilience, and responsible business practices.
Anél reflected on the fact that humans are part of the Earth system, yet modern living often disconnects us from nature – the source of our food systems. This disconnect has led to a lack of understanding about where our food comes from and the science, dedication, and hard work that goes into producing it. Today, however, we can see the impact of our actions and have the ability influence the extent of our impact.
One of the major problems we face is the significant increase in population since the 1960s, which has led to a 130% increase in pesticide purchases, along with many more alarming stats. Agricultural productivity is heavily subsidised by fossil fuel inputs, which has devastating consequences for the environment.
“Since the 1980s, the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere has led to a 1.1-degree increase in temperature. We are aiming to keep the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees, but currently, this looks unlikely, so we need to change the way we do things”
Although this is not done with bad intent, we are now seeing the impacts and need to take action. “Since the 1980s, the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere has led to a 1.1-degree increase in temperature. We are aiming to keep the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees, but currently, this looks unlikely, so we need to change the way we do things,” says Anél.
Key Insights and Emerging Trends
Businesses are advised to:
- Continue to measure and monitor to show improvements
- Enhance carbon removals to neutralise emissions that cannot be reduced
- Set science-based targets