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Reducing Risks of Pesticide Use

The Sustainable Food Group supports SCS Global Services’ Sustainably Grown certification program, specifically the Temporary Exemption Procedure for Prohibited Pesticides. As part of its Pesticide Policy, the Sustainably Grown program maintains a Prohibited Pesticides Reference List that includes pesticides identified as high risk by the World Health Organization, the Globally Harmonized System, UN Environment Programme and Pesticide Action Network. The goal is for all certified growers to be able to phase out the use of prohibited pesticides. Temporary exemptions allow access to pesticides that are critical pest management tools where no alternat...

Expanding Integrated Pest Management Adoption in Field Crops

In 2016 at the request of General Mills, we assessed pesticide use and the extent of integrated pest management (IPM) adoption in five major North American field crops: corn, oats, soybeans, sugar beets and wheat. We reviewed Extension resources and published literature, used data from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service and interviewed crop production and pest management experts. Our research revealed major differences in IPM practice adoption among these crops, from a well-developed IPM infrastructure in sugar beets, to widespread adoption of pest-resistant varieties and minimal pesticide use in wheats and oats, to comparatively lower ...

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WANTED TO LEAD POTATO SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE

The Executive Director will direct and manage the Potato Sustainability Initiative, an innovative, growing collaboration of North American potato buyers, processors and growers initiated in 2010 to continuously improve all aspects of sustainable potato production. “Participation in the Potato Sustainability Initiative is a systematic approach to demonstrate to our customers and consumers that the food we are producing is being grown in a sustainable manner,” reports Vernon Campbell, who grows potatoes at Mull Na Beinne Farms, his family operation located on Prince Edward Island in Canada. Campbell serves on the Potato Sustainability Initiative ...