How technology and big data can support sustainable farming

GS1 standards for sustainable farming with the United Nations

29 September 2015

We are pleased to announce that on 28 September, 2015 GS1 CEO and President, Miguel Lopera, was a featured panelist during the UN General Assembly SDG Summit in New York, where he shared ways that technology and big data can be used by the public and private sectors to collaborate and promote sustainable farming practices within the agriculture industry. Developing safe and sustainable farming approaches to address food security is a top priority of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The Blue Number Initiative

GS1 is part of a collective effort to map and harmonise hundreds of disparate standards and certifications related to sustainable farming. The effort, known as The Blue Number Initiative, A Global Registry for Sustainable Farmers, will leverage GS1’s registry service. The Global Registry will enable farmers, governments, businesses and communities to communicate with one another up and down the supply chain by establishing a common language and uniquely identifying farms globally.