Our impact

We work with farm­ers and grow­ers across the globe to deliv­er more 
sus­tain­able farm­ing through LEAF Mar­que certification.

Our intended impacts

Gaining insight into the impact of the LEAF Marque assurance system is crucial for continuous improvement of our standards, which is why LEAF invests in monitoring and evaluation. You can see the full scale of our impact in our Global Impacts Report below, or scroll down for the highlights.

LEAF Glob­al Impacts Report 2022

Take a look at our 2022 report to see how LEAF Mar­que cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is deliv­er­ing on its intend­ed impacts to achieve more sus­tain­able farming.

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877

LEAF Marque certified businesses

310,537

hectares on LEAF Marque certified businesses

The top crops grown on LEAF Marque certified farms globally are:

Wheat

Wheat

60,332ha

Potato

Potato

28,970ha

Barley

Barley

24,971ha

Lettuce

Lettuce

14,011ha

Maize

Maize

8,769ha

Broccoli

Broccoli

8,280ha

Onion

Onion

7,561ha

Rapeseed

Rapeseed

7,533ha

Sugar Beet

Sugar Beet

7,328ha

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

7,210ha

48%

of UK fruit & vegetables are grown on LEAF Marque certified farms

Driving climate positive action

Farming is in a unique position of being both a source and sink for greenhouse gas emissions and farmers are fundamental to driving forward innovative solutions to climate change. Underpinned by Integrated Farm Management, LEAF Marque certified businesses are improving positive action for the climate through reduced carbon footprints, enhancing soil health and quality, and increasingly implementing regenerative practices.

Of LEAF Marque certified businesses:

44%

use a carbon footprint tool

85%

integrate livestock

46%

record soil organic matter

Advancing nature-based solutions

With more than half of the world’s habitable lands currently used for agricultural production, farmers are some of the most important stewards of the earth’s lands and water resources. LEAF Marque farmers are turning to more natural sources of energy, using biological control and best practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies, and protecting water resources.

Of LEAF Marque certified businesses:

51%

work with others in the catchment to improve water quality & water management

75%

have one or more types of renewable energy generation on-farm

49%

carry out all 8 aspects of IPM best practice

Delivering more circular approaches

More integrated, regenerative approaches to food production offer part of the solution to addressing the climate emergency. LEAF Marque certified farmers are carrying out a range of sustainable waste management practices and maximising the health and welfare of livestock to raise healthy, optimal performing animals that produce less waste and methane emissions. This in turn is helping to build healthier soils, increase biodiversity, and improve air and water quality.

Of LEAF Marque certified businesses:

73%

with livestock are carrying out antibiotic best practice

80%

optimise livestock performance without compromising animal welfare

79%

carefully manage grazing

Enriching diversity of habitats & species

A key part of more integrated and sustainable farming is nature restoration and enhancing biodiversity. As well as delivering climate benefits, improving natural habitats helps restore ecosystems that underpin the resilience of our landscapes, whilst also supporting human well-being and providing economic benefits.

Average habitat area of

15%

on LEAF Marque certified businesses, within the farmed area

Engaging communities

More sustainable food systems rely on well informed people, aware of where their food comes, how it is produced and the impact of their food purchasing decisions upon the climate. As public interest in climate change increases, there is an ever-greater need for clear and meaningful conversations between farmers and citizens.
LEAF Marque certified businesses are involved in a range of on-farm and on-line outreach activities including hosting farm visits, giving talks, and taking part in industry open days like LEAF Open Farm Sunday. All these activities are helping to build deeper and richer connections between farmers and consumers, to educate, engage and inspire.

Of LEAF Marque certified businesses

31%

engaged with a wider audience via social media, websites or written material

87%

hosted farm visits

* All figures above are taken from LEAF Global Impacts Report 2022

Your Feedback

Your feedback is extremely valuable to us as we work to continually strengthen the way we measure and report on our impacts. If you have questions, comments or suggestions about LEAF’s Global Impacts Report or Monitoring and Evaluation processes, including our Intended Impacts and indicators, please email [email protected].

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