In the long-term, the fields can transform from emission sources into carbon sinks.
Three years ago, Anora began piloting regenerative farming with Baltic Sea Action Group and farmer Jari Eerola.
Baltic Sea Action Group trained and advised on first stage of the transition to regenerative farming and also audited the implementation of the methods on the farm.
The first year resulted in the production of 50,000 kilograms of barley to the use of Koskenkorva Distillery.
In 2022, two farmers joined the project, and 56,000 kilograms of barley were used at Anora’s Koskenkorva Distillery.
In total, Anora buys over 200 million kilos of barley and the regeneratively farmed barley purchased by Anora comes from Finnish farms.
This year, Anora has committed to buying a record amount of barley, approximately 3.5 million kilograms, from about 20 Finnish farmers transitioning to regenerative farming.
The company aims to increase the amount of regeneratively farmed barley used in its own grain-spirit based products to 30% by 2030.
"We believe that regenerative farming will become the new normal in the future," said Anora's grain purchasing manager Kari Kiltilä.
"The improved soil health creates resilience to changing climate, more stable yields and enhances carbon sequestration."