5 results for month: 12/2018

USDA Releases New Reports on Antibiotics and Pesticide Residue

12/28/18: The USDA recently released two reports, one analyzing pesticide residue and one analyzing antibiotics in the US food supply. The pesticide report found that “In 2017, over 99 percent of the samples tested had residues well below the tolerances established by the EPA with 53 percent having no detectable pesticide residue". The study also found that 3.3% of samples had residues of pesticides with no established tolerances. Read more from the American Council of Science and Health here.

Online Coverage Breaks Down the Farm Bill

12/27/18: On December 12, congress passed an $867 billion farm Farm Bill after two months of negotiations. The bill is a massive piece of legislation, containing funding for nutrition programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commodity programs, federal crop insurance, and conservation. The bill also legalizes hemp, supports local food production and farmer's markets and doesn't contain cuts to food stamps, although it does contain spending adjustments to SNAP that won't affect individual benefits. Learn more about the Farm Bill through the coverage below. Washington Post: Congress just passed an $867 billion farm bill. ...

Three New Members Named to Field to Market’s Science Advisory Council

12/19/2018: Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture recently appointed three new members to the Science Advisory Council, including IPM Institute of North America president and co-founder Dr. Tom Green. This body provides expert guidance to Field to Market’s membership to ensure the best available science underpins the Alliance’s approach to sustainability. Read more in the Field to Market press release here.

Equitable Food Initiative Looks Back on Successes in 2018

12/13/18: The Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) counts it's successes in 2018 in this article on the Packer. “Our mission is to bring together growers, farm workers, retailers and consumers to transform agriculture and improve the lives of farm workers,” LeAnne Ruzzamenti, director of marketing and communications for EFI, said in the release. “So, when we get feedback from growers that our certification program is making a difference in not just improving their business but also improving the lives of farm workers, we know we’re on track in achieving our mission, and that’s more valuable than awards.”

Read World Wildlife Fund and ISEAL’s White Paper on Voluntary Sustainability Standards

12/07/18: World Wildlife Fund and ISEAL Alliance enlisted Aid Environment to develop a white paper on how voluntary sustainability standards can bring about broader changes, like facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogue, engaging public or private sector on policy change, and sharing resources and tools. Read a discussion of the white paper and access the paper here