12 results for author: IPM


Record number of dicamba-related complaints in Illinois

9/11/2019: Illinois saw a record number of pesticide misuse complaints in 2019, and 76% (648 out of 853) were related to suspected damage from dicamba. This is after the Illinois Department of Agriculture required state-specific additional use restrictions on over-the-top applications of dicamba to dicamba-tolerant soybeans in the 2019 growing season, based on the number of complaints in 2017 and 2018. Read more here: IFCA Gives Dicamba Update Illinois Dept of Ag State-Specific Dicamba Restrictions Modern Farmer: Dicamba Drift is Still Happening    

EDF Offers New Platform to Support Corporate Sustainability

2/28/19: Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), along with over ten other organizations launched a new crowdsourced web platform, the Supply Chain Solutions Center, to help sustainability professionals mitigate the environmental impact of their supply chains by staying informed on the latest resources to address supply chain impacts. “Our goal is to make finding sustainability solutions as easy as finding a movie on Netflix or a song on Spotify,” said Elizabeth Sturcken, managing director of EDF+Business. “Global supply chains can be massive and opaque, but when every node of the chain has a lighter footprint, the economic and environmental ...

Documenting Sustainability with Specialty Crop Producers

With the success of the Sysco Sustainable/IPM Program, producers have expressed the need to similarly document and report their performance to buyers and others, including in conjunction with food safety audits. In response, we are working with the Azzule SystemsTM and PrimusLabsTM to develop a third-party sustainable agriculture certification -- the Sustainable Food Group Sustainability StandardTM . The standard addresses soil health, pest management and agrochemicals, waste and recycling, water, energy, processing, employee relations and conservation. The Sustainable Food Group will maintain the accredited standard, audit and supporting ...

While Leaders Shape Sustainability, Food May Be Off the Menu

Will Agriculture's Role be Recognized at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference?  December  2, 2015 – The grand political narratives around the COP21 conference in Paris will barely touch on one crucial aspect – food. The Paris talks are of vital importance, not just for climate change itself but for framing what kind of food economy follows. And why does food matter for climate change? Well, it’s a major factor driving it yet barely gets a mention. From growing food to processing and packaging it, from transporting to selling it, cooking it, eating it and throwing it away – the whole chain contributes significantly to greenhouse gas ...

New USDA Initiatives to Combat Climate Change

Voluntary programs assist producers in reducing emissions and increasing carbon capture April 28, 2015 – The federal government is offering incentives to get farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help combat global warming. The Agriculture Department last week unveiled a host of voluntary programs and initiatives to encourage agricultural producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon storage and generate clean and renewable energy in their operations. The department is hopeful the programs will help reduce emissions and boost the capture of carbon by more than 120 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year by 2025 – ...

Environmental Achievements Through Industry Collaboration

The Potato Sustainability Initiative is the result of requests from McDonalds shareholders to address pesticides in potato production. In 2010, suppliers Simplot, McCain’s and Lamb-Weston joined the National Potato Council, Canada Potato Council and IPM Institute to develop an integrated pest management survey for potato growers to complete annually. The project has expanded to address elements of environmental, social and economic sustainability. Metrics that will measure and evaluate the effectiveness of the practices are also being developed. Heinz, Cavendish and Basic American Foods have also joined the initiative. The aim is to have a ...

Helping Farmers & the Planet, Staying Close to Home

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Source: Red TomatoWith Red Tomato and 24 tree fruit growers, created an eco-label that has been recognized by the White House and by the International IPM Symposium for recreating the infrastructure needed to bring ecologically grown  local fruit to supermarkets in the Northeast. We continue our partnership with Red Tomato on this project, providing ...

Fair Food Program Makes National Debut

New stand-alone site explains Fair Food Program's approach to real, measurable social responsibility October 25, 2014  The first-ever Fair Food label went national Friday marking the latest milestone in the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' two-decade-long journey to improve the lives of Florida farm workers. Similar to the "cruelty-free" or "fair trade" labels on other products, the logo brands tomatoes harvested by workers paid a premium and guaranteed human rights in the field. "We have waited nearly five years before revealing this label to the world today," said the coalition's Cruz Salucio in a statement. "Over those years, we have been ...

Alliance for Water Stewardship Launches International Standard

Top Global Organizations Pledge to Support Water Stewardship April 8, 2014, Lima, Peru: Nestlé and General Mills were among major businesses which today announced their commitment to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), alongside 27 other leading organizations including FEMSA Foundation, Water Footprint Network, WaterAid, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and The Nature Conservancy in promoting a global framework for sustainable use of the world’s limited freshwater resources. The Pacific Institute is a founding partner of the Alliance for Water Stewardship. Water is a shared resource critical for human health, driving the economy, and maintain...

The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains

By James Hamblin Illustrations by Jackie Lay MARCH 18, 2014 The Atlantic Leading scientists recently identified a dozen chemicals as being responsible for widespread behavioral and cognitive problems. But the scope of the chemical dangers in our environment is likely even greater. Why children and the poor are most susceptible to neurotoxic exposure that may be costing the U.S. billions of dollars and immeasurable peace of mind. Forty-one million IQ points. That’s what Dr. David Bellinger determined Americans have collectively forfeited as a result of exposure to lead, mercury, and organophosphate pesticides. In a 2012 paper publis...