Case Study / 15 Aug 2016

Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

The FAO commissioned Trucost to calculate the monetary value of agricultural pollution, land clearances and climate change.

Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

Farming depends on freely available environmental goods and services to provide healthy soil, a stable climate and clean supplies of water to grow crops and raise livestock. But agricultural pollution, land clearances and climate change are severely damaging these vital services.

The FAO commissioned Trucost to calculate the monetary value of these environmental impacts to raise awareness about the risks to business and society. The research covers farming practices in over 40 countries accounting for 80% of production of four commodity crops (maize, rice, soybean and wheat) and four livestock commodities (beef, cow milk, pork and poultry).


Trucost reveals $3 trillion environmental cost of farming (news)

Natural Capital Impacts in Agriculture (publication)

Prioritizing Profit and Planet – Counting the Environmental Cost of Food Production (video)

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