Initiative Could Require Businesses To Reveal Environmental Impact

July 14, 2010
By: Environmental Leader

An initiative under discussion would require companies to post information regarding their environmental impact as well as the financial implication of their environmental impact. This initiative would force companies to be more sustainable as consumer demand for sustainability increases and would decrease the profitability of environmental “black hole” companies. The main

CSR Reporting Improves Co Performance, GRI Hands Out Awards

May 28, 2010
By: Environmental Leader

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the United Nations Global Compact made an agreement to work together to advance the importance of corporate responsibility and reporting. Consumers today at recognize the value of sustainability reports. Consumers admit that these reports increase their potential investments and change their behavior in favor of

The “greening” of potatoes: Sustainability takes hold

July 13, 2010

By: Jim Offner – The Packer
The growing demand for sustainability has taken root in all aspects even in the potato industry. Potato producers have realized that in today’s economy they must market sustainability and use it as the key aspect of their marketing strategy. With programs such as Healthy Grown in place in

Modern Mushroom Farms to use HarvestMark traceability

May 6, 2010
By: The Packer Staff
Modern Mushroom Farms works to increase its product traceability through all aspects of its supply chain by using YottaMark’s traceability software, HarvestMark. This will provide customers with access to information such as quality and food safety that is shown throughout the supply chain. The software will allow Modern Mushroom to

Lodi grape-growers offered cash incentive for Lodi Rules certification

The Michael-David Winery and Bogle Winery are offering cash incentives to growers to undergo the Lodi Rules certification process. Sustainable business practices benefit the environment, winery, and grower, and therefore, are worth the extra expenses to receive certification. The growing demand for sustainable food and the benefits provided by “going green” are being recognized by these leading wineries.

Bogle Vineyards in Clarksburg

The vineyards are currently managed by Warren Bogle, the grandson of the founder, who farms 1,000 acres under the “Certified Green” principles (Previously known as the “Lodi Rules”), a sustainable farming program designed to lead to improvements in environmental health of the surrounding ecosystem. This approach encompasses practices in all aspects of viticulture, water management, management of the farm ecosystem, pest management, and even in human resources. Certification is awarded to an individual vineyard based on an annual audit by a third party.

You Shouldn’t Have to Pay More for Eco-Friendly Produce

The Healthy Grown Wisconsin potato label has announced it will price its potatoes at the market price for Wisconsin potatoes instead of at the premium price for eco-friendly grown produce. Protected Harvest certifies and audits all Healthy Grown growers, packers, and shippers to ensure the company adheres to strict environmental standards. Healthy Grown has found sustainability to be economical and is passing these savings on to their customers.

What You Need To Know About Food Labels and Certifications

September 24, 2009
By Earth Promise

What it means: Affiliated with the World Wildlife Fund, the Protected Harvest Program certifies crops that have been raised with integrated pest management. To qualify for the seal, specific crop management practices must be employed and reduce use of toxic pesticides, improve sail and water quality, and protect wildlife habitat.

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