A research project has been launched to establish the carbon footprint of pig and poultry products throughout the supply chain.

Researchers at the Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University will seek to measure the carbon footprint process from the farmgate to the consumer for the first time. It will consider every step from the manufacture and growing of feeds to the distribution of products.

The study, which has been commissioned by ABN, will allow researchers to work on reducing carbon footprints, according to project leader David Oglethorpe. It will seek to determine the kilograms of carbon produced per kg of meat and develop a process to allow monitoring and continuous improvement.

"Most of the work done by other researchers has stopped at the farm gate," he added. "But we have gone further to develop an approach that will help producers, processors and retailers identify their carbon footprints and manage them more efficiently ."