Field To Market, The Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture is a diverse initiative that joins producers, agribusinesses, food companies, and conservation organizations seeking to create sustainable outcomes for agriculture. Field to Market defines sustainable agriculture as:
- Meeting the needs of the present while improving the ability of future generations to meet their own needs
- Increasing productivity to meet future food demands
- Improving environmental impacts
- Improving human health
- Improving the economic and social well-being of agricultural communities
The group provides collaborative leadership that is engaged in industry-wide dialogue, grounded in science, open to the full range of technology choices, and committed to creating opportunities across the agricultural supply chain for continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality, and human well-being.
Field to Market is developing indicators to estimate the environmental, economic, social, and health outcomes of agriculture in the United States. In its first report, released in January 2009, Field to Market evaluated indicators for estimating land use, soil loss, irrigation water use, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions for agriculture. Field to Market is continuing to develop metrics to estimate on-farm environmental, economic, social, and health outcomes.
The initiative is organized and facilitated by the Keystone Center, a non-profit dedicated to developing collaborative solutions to societal issues.