Linking Environment And Farming has opened a public consultation on its LEAF Marque Standard and is inviting its members and stakeholders, academics, fellow NGOs, Government, industry and members of the public to provide their views.

The LEAF Marque is a leading global environmental assurance system recognising more sustainably farmed products and is underpinned by the sustainable farming practices of Integrated Farm Management (IFM).

The key aim of the standard is to deliver the organisation's mission of a world that is farming, eating and living more sustainably.

Proposals include additional emphasis on biosecurity; soil and crop health; and waste management.

The consultation period will be open until January 30, 2019.

LEAF chief executive Caroline Drummond said: “This is an opportunity for the food and farming industry to help shape the future direction of the LEAF Marque Standard, as well as influence how the agricultural sector delivers more sustainable farming and food.

"We encourage everyone to get involved and help us develop and evolve the next version of the LEAF Marque Standard.”

As industry practices and scientific understanding evolve, the standard is publicly reviewed every few years to ensure it remains relevant and consistent with best practice codes and guidelines.

Responses to the consultation can be submitted online.