AgPro Reports New Corn Growers Partnership With Environmental Defense Fund

As of November 14th, 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 histor...

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

On Sunday, October 28th, 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 and hold ...

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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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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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