Results


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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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10+ Years Lowering Risk to Fruit & Vegetable Supply Chains

In 2002, Sysco food service engaged us to develop a program for its processed fruit and vegetable supply chain. We surveyed suppliers to capture baseline data, and then worked with Sysco, its food processor suppliers and growers to create goals, criteria for a meaningful program, standards and procedures to achieve our goals. We continue to maintain the standards, review supplier programs, coordinate annual reporting and a semi-annual supplier conference, and manage an advisory council including Sysco leadership, suppliers and independent scientists. The program has ...

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