Sustainability

Innate® Generation 1 Russet Burbank provides the potential to reduce black spot bruise by up to 44 percent. This can result in significant savings both economically and environmentally. For example, if Innate Russet Burbank Gen 1 potatoes replaced all Russet Burbank’s in the US fresh market, it would save 1.4B pounds of potato waste annually, resulting in a reduction in $90 million in producer costs. This amount of waste savings would translate to an annual reduction of 60 million pounds of CO2 emissions, 6.7B fewer gallons of water and up to 170,000 acre applications of pesticides.

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These estimates are based on the reduced acres that would need to be planted to achieve the same marketable yield that would result from Innate replacing conventional Russet potatoes in the fresh market.

Simplot is also a member of Field to Market®, an organization dedicated to advancing sustainable farming practices and championing solutions for tomorrow's safe, accessible, and nutritious food, fiber and fuel in thriving ecosystems.

Field To Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture brings together a diverse group of grower organizations; agribusinesses; food, beverage, restaurant and retail companies; conservation groups; universities; and public sector partners to focus on defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production.

Field to Market is working to meet the challenge of producing enough food, fiber and fuel for a rapidly growing population while conserving natural resources and improving the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Learn more about Field to Market and the shared goals of member organizations here

We’re also working to make Innate® technology available to those who could benefit from it the most – farmers in developing countries.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded Michigan State University a $5.8 million cooperative agreement that supports USAID’s work under Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative.

As part of the Feed the Future Biotechnology Partnership Project, MSU will partner with the University of Minnesota and Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Company, along with in-country partners in both Bangladesh and Indonesia, to make improved potato varieties available to smallholder farmers. Such sustainable potato varieties can help protect against yield loss and improve livelihoods for those who depend on the crop to survive. Since potatoes are the third-largest food crop grown in the world, Innate® technology is capable of making a big impact on sustainable agriculture.