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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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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Fair Food Program Makes National Debut

New stand-alone site explains Fair Food Program's approach to real, measurable social responsibility October 25, 2014  The first-ever Fair Food label went national Friday marking the latest milestone in the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' two-decade-long journey to improve the lives of Florida farm workers. Similar to the "cruelty-free" or "fair trade" labels on other products, the logo brands tomatoes harvested by workers paid a premium and guaranteed human rights in the field. "We have waited nearly five years before revealing this label to the world today," said ...

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Stocking Sustainability in the Produce Department

Whole Foods Market wanted to build on successful rating programs in meat and seafood by recognizing top performing produce and floral vendors in a global supply chain with thousands of products. Our team worked with Whole Foods and suppliers ranging from small family farms to multinational companies to create the Responsibly Grown Sourcing Program to incentivize excellence in key aspects of sustainable agriculture. Winner of the 2014 Whole Foods Market Supplier Award for Outstanding Quality Assurance.

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Alliance for Water Stewardship Launches International Standard

Top Global Organizations Pledge to Support Water Stewardship April 8, 2014, Lima, Peru: Nestlé and General Mills were among major businesses which today announced their commitment to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), alongside 27 other leading organizations including FEMSA Foundation, Water Footprint Network, WaterAid, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and The Nature Conservancy in promoting a global framework for sustainable use of the world’s limited freshwater resources. The Pacific Institute is a founding partner of the Alliance for Water Stewardship. Water is ...

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The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains

By James Hamblin Illustrations by Jackie Lay MARCH 18, 2014 The Atlantic Leading scientists recently identified a dozen chemicals as being responsible for widespread behavioral and cognitive problems. But the scope of the chemical dangers in our environment is likely even greater. Why children and the poor are most susceptible to neurotoxic exposure that may be costing the U.S. billions of dollars and immeasurable peace of mind. Forty-one million IQ points. That’s what Dr. David Bellinger determined Americans have collectively forfeited as a result of ...

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