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Our Commitment to the Environment

GPOD of Idaho is committed to promoting sustainable growing and shipping practices. Our growers use minimum tillage techniques and water efficient irrigation systems. GPOD recycles wash water daily and uses larger trucks to haul potatoes in to reduce the number of miles and fuel used by smaller trucks. We also use more rail transportation for finished products, which is more environmentally friendly. By adhering to these and other practices, GPOD of Idaho is committed to being proactive in building an environmentally conscious future.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that for every ton-mile, a typical truck emits roughly three times more oxides of nitrogen and particulates than a locomotive.

Fuel efficiency for U.S. railroads has increased by 86 percent since 1980.

One double-stack train can take 300 trucks off of congested highways.

Trains are almost four times more fuel-efficient than trucks on a ton-mile basis.

If just 10 percent of the freight moved by highway were diverted to rail, the nation could save as much as 1 billion gallons of fuel annually.

Railroads and rail suppliers have reduced the weight and increased the capacity of rail cars to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. The average freight car capacity is now nearly 100 tons, up 20 percent since 1980.

2023 Fuel Report

From Shelley, ID to New York, NY


Rail Miles

90 tons

Per Railcar

3,600 tons

Estimated Rail Carbon Footprint
(Metric Tons COEquivalent)


Highway Miles

20 tons

Per Truck

12,050 tons

Estimated Truck Carbon Footprint
(Metric Tons COEquivalent)

Choosing Union Pacific would reduce your carbon footprint by 8,450 tons, which is equal to:

The amount of carbon sequestered annually by 10,140 acres of U.S. forests.

The amount of carbon sequestered by 139,425 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

To the greenhouse gas emissions avoided by recycling 2,873 tons of waste instead of sending it to the landfill.

Railway Advancements

A 25 percent shift of freight from trucks to rail in urban areas in the U.S. by 2026 would, on average:

Save each commuter 41 hours a year

Save $985 in congestion costs per commuter each year

Save each commuter 79 gallons of fuel each year

Reduce air pollution by nearly 920,500 tons each year

Environmentally Friendly

Sustainable Growing Methods

GPOD implements regular sustainability practices with our growers. Collaboratively, our teams practice minimal tillage; a nutrient-saving technique requiring as little manipulation of the soil as possible. Equipment makes one pass over the soil to improve soil fertility and productivity.

Growers plow under grain stubble to build potato hills all in one pass instead of plowing, then disking, then building a potato hill. Nutrients remain in the soil and decreases the need for chemical and fertilizer application.

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