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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

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Research the Sustainability Footprint of Your Food With the Real Food Encyclopedia

11/30/18: FoodPrint now offers an online encyclopedia of food sustainability, where you can find information on the environmental footprint of over 200 food items, along with shopping and cooking tips. Click here for FoodPrint's Real Food Encyclopedia

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New California Recommendations on Chlorpyrifos Restrictions

11/29/18: On November 15, California regulators recommended new restrictions on the use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide deemed dangerous by a federal appeals court in August. These temporary guidelines include banning it from crop dusting, discontinuing its use on most crops and increasing perimeters around where it’s applied. Read more on The Californian.

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AgPro Reports New Corn Growers Partnership With Environmental Defense Fund

11/20/18: As of November 14, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) entered into a partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to collaborate around issues of healthy soils, clean water, climate stability, yield resilience, habitat for at-risk species and economic viability for farmers. “EDF and NCGA have been working together for many years,” says Suzy Friedman, EDF senior director for ag sustainability. “For work in agriculture, working with farmers and working and learning from their associations has always been very important.”  “Our ...

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Reuters reports on Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s anti-environmental platform and it’s implications for food production

11/05/18: On Sunday, October 28, Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain won a sweeping victory in Brazil's presidential election. He has received intense international criticism for his comments on race, women, and homosexuality, and his support of the former military dictatorship. In addition to the aforementioned stances, he is fiercely anti-environmental regulation. He has pledged to gut the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA), the ministry that enforces Brazil's forestry laws, arguing that they over-fine landowners ...

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The New Food Economy analyzes JAMA Internal Medicine Study on Organic Food and Cancer

A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, based on the "NutriNet-Santé" pool of nutrition volunteers in France has asserted that a diet of organic food can reduce the risk of cancer. The New Food Economy writes that while this study isn't baseless and ought to be considered, it takes several shaky steps in it's methodology and should be taken with a grain of salt. You can read the New Food Economy article here.

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New Study Calls for Ban on All Organophosphates

In August, the the San Francisco-based Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found that there was no safe level of exposure to chlorpyrifos in food, one of the most commonly used agricultural insecticides, and ordered it banned. The Trump administration subsequently appealed the ban, and is asking the full 22-judge court to rehear the case. On Wednesday October 24, a new development emerged in the debate over chlorpyrifos. The peer-reviewed journal PLOS Medicine released a study based on a full review of all existing literature that called for not only chlorpyrifos but ...

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Pesticide Risk Tool Highlighted in One Planet Network Global Project Database

The Pesticide Risk Tool (PRT), an online tool operated by IPM Institute to assess the potential risks of pesticide applications to non-target organisms including people and pollinators, was recently accepted as an affiliated project of the UN's 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production. PRT is now included in the global database of participating projects. Explore the database here or access the Pesticide Risk Tool directly at pesticiderisk.org

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Ethical Corporation’s 2018 Responsible Supply Chain Summit

The 13th annual Responsible Supply Chain Summit took place in London on October 10 - 11, tackling issues of renewable energy, plastic waste and human rights. Ethical Corporation discusses six takeaways from the Summit, which highlight the importance of supply chains in addressing the most pressing sustainability challenges. To read more about the most pressing problems and potential solutions of supply chain sustainability, read the article here.

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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 ...

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