Considering the urgent need for monitoring indirect suppliers in order to have more effective control over deforestation, one of the GTFI’s missions is to establish viable solutions that will enable large-scale application of the Good Practices.
In that regard, the GTFI is seeking to recommend tools that will complement the supply chain monitoring already being done by meatpackers (direct suppliers) and that are inclusive, meaning that they do not add expenses or obstacles for producers.
Below we highlight several tools and approaches, at different stages of development, whose concepts have already been presented and discussed during GTFI meetings.
Marfrig uses the RFI (Request for Information) tool, through which cattle ranchers inform the origin of animals acquired from third parties (indirect suppliers). This is a voluntary procedure where the farmer, if he has not raised the animal since birth, informs the name, taxpayer number, name of the supplying farm and municipality.
Based on this data, Marfrig’s technicians consult the lists of public agencies to check the suitability of the indirect producers in relation to social and environmental practices. With this, Marfrig seeks to apply the same minimum analysis requirements throughout its supply chain.
RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is a technology used in the individual traceability of beef cattle, in which the animals are marked at birth by means of an earring with a radio frequency identification chip. In addition to electronic identification, RFID presents an integrated monitoring system based on maps.
This technology is used on a large scale by the government of Uruguay, allowing the management and monitoring of 100% of the cattle in the country.
Besides working on developing solutions for socioenvironmental monitoring of the cattle supply chain, the GTFI also encourages its members to test the best tools available to continuously improve and adapt them to individual company needs.
See below how some member companies have already begun working with GTFI in testing solutions, demonstrating their commitment to implement practices that focus on producing beef free of deforestation.