June 24, 2010

Sustainability of corn and apples

I can finally post some interesting tidbits from my Chicago trip a few weeks ago covering BASF's Agriculture Summit.

One that caught my attention is the use of their Eco-Efficiency Analysis tool this time within the agriculture sector. This tool, which was developed by BASF to measure the sustainability of products and production processes and is one of BASF’s main tools for implementing its sustainability strategy, was mostly being used in their chemicals businesses.

BASF announced at the summit that they have just completed their sustainability analysis of corn production, one that uses their fungicide Headline® compared to one without the fungicide. Their result conclude that farmers who uses fungicide (in this case, BASF's) were able to reduce costs, energy use and resources.

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