Our commitment to sustainability
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At Insight our goal is to maximise value creation without compromising responsible and sustainable investment principles.
All farms are operated using the Integrated Farm Management (IFM) approach; a dynamic process developed by Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF)1. IFM is a holistic approach to sustainable farming which combines the best of traditional methods with beneficial modern technologies to achieve high productivity and minimal environmental impact.
Sustainability is at the heart of the activities of the Global Farmland Fund, which we advise. This is clear from the Fund’s pasture-based dairy farming activities in New Zealand and Chile, and its grass-fed cattle breeding and rearing in Australia. Animals are treated humanely and with respect and are allowed to graze and roam in their natural habitats. In Romania, detailed soil analysis is carried out and the agronomy is tailored to limit the use of fertiliser and pesticides. Investments are made in the training and well-being of the farmers to ensure they and their local communities share in the benefits.
Through the smarter use of resources and emphasising sustainable returns over temporary gains, cost savings can be achieved. We believe that in the long term the most sustainable farming operations will also be the most profitable.
* Note: LEAF is not affiliated with Insight Investment or BNY Mellon. LEAF is an organisation focused on developing and promoting a sustainable system of agriculture and creating better public awareness of food and farming. LEAF has an exclusive relationship with the Insight Global Farmland Team for the provision of policy analysis. Further information is available on request.
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