Monday 10th Aug, 2020

Australian exporter signs MoU to develop carbon neutral grain products

Grain. Photo: Shutterstock.
Photo: Shutterstock.

The CBH Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Wide Open Agriculture (WOA) to explore certification, marketing and global distribution of carbon neutral grain.

Under the agreement, WOA and CBH will explore the feasibility of sourcing, certifying, marketing and distributing carbon neutral oats, barley and lupins from Western Australia.

It will also consider the potential for regenerative farming practices to support this goal.

CBH is one of Australia’s largest grain exporters, with operations across storage handling, transport, marketing and processing.

Carbon neutral certification has been identified as a possible verification tool to support and differentiate Western Australian grain products. If successful, the project could lead to one of the world’s first carbon neutral certified products for buyers seeking more sustainable grain alternatives.

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The two organisations aim to execute the project in line with the 2020-21 southern hemisphere grain growing season.

WOA Managing Director Ben Cole said the company has developed a deep understanding of regenerative farming systems and are transitioning the company towards carbon neutral certification across all products.

“Developing grain products with a clear understanding of their environmental impact from farm-to-customer could provide new market access and potential premiums for growers,” Cole said.

CBH Chief Marketing and Trading Officer Jason Craig said Australian grain continues to rightly benefit from a strong reputation as a clean and green grain producer.

“We are also seeing growing demand for sustainably produced grain, so we look forward to working with WOA to explore the market opportunity for carbon neutral grain in the international marketplace,” Craig said.