Measuring Pesticide Risk Reduction on Equitable Food Initiative-Certified Farms
Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) certifies fresh produce farming operations under a rigorous set of standards covering labor practices, food safety and pest management. Certification leads to a more collaborative and respectful work environment, an engaged workforce and improved working conditions for over 29,000 workers employed on farms with EFI-trained leadership teams. As part of achieving certification, farms also implement integrated pest management practices to reduce pesticide use and risks, and certified growers use the Pesticide Risk Tool to assess the risks associated with their farm’s pesticide usage. As part of EFI’s commitment to measuring the impacts of their standards, they partnered with us at the Sustainable Food Group to develop a methodology for measuring pesticide-related risks on certified farms and comparing risks to farms without EFI certification. The methods were tested on a small dataset and establish the structure to measure the impact of certification on pesticide-related risks as the program grows.
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