Food retailer scorecard: 20 out of 25 fail to protect bees and people from toxic pesticides

Whole Foods Earns Top Marks While Amazon Earns ‘F’ In Addressing Bee Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new scorecard released today finds that 20 out of 25 top food retailers fail to protect bees and people from toxic pesticides. The report, Swarming the Aisles II, shows that while supermarkets have made some general commitments to sustainability and social responsibility,

American Grown Field to Vase Dinner

Two thousand acres of blooming flowers. Two hundred guests. One 200-foot dining table. Thousands of stems of stock, dahlias, delphinium, larkspur, Bells of Ireland and Queen Anne’s Lace. 

That’s just a hint of what guests at the Sept. 7 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner at Ocean View Flowers in Lompoc enjoyed. Perhaps celebrity florist Debi Lilly said it

Mimi Casteel: Winemaker who is thinking about more than just grapes to fight climate change

Sustainable, organic, biodynamic. These three styles of viticulture are followed (and marketed) by wineries to show care for their vineyards and the environment. Sustainable in Practice, or SIP Certified in California; Low Impact Viticulture and Enology (LIVE) and Salmon-Safe in Oregon; or Demeter for biodynamics are certifications meant to demonstrate accountability in farming.

But in the

Anson: Why we need ethical fine wine

Jane proposes a new approach for how we categorise fine wine, with the emphasis on environmental sustainability and social responsibility…

Article originally published in Decanter.

Jane Anson, July 18, 2019

How much should social responsibility and environmental credentials be used to define fine wine? Credit: CALIN STAN / Alamy 

Isn’t it about time that we start defining

Wine can play key role in advancing sustainability, but thinking needs a ‘generational change’

By Andrew Catchpole

Published:  12 July, 2019

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Consumers need to get behind the agricultural sector to support the true costs of sustainability, and the wine industry is uniquely placed to advance this message, but there is still a long way to go.

This was one of the central takeaways from a joint Harpers-California Wine Institute

Ocean View Flowers earns BloomCheck Certification

Originally published here.

Ocean View Flowers has made its unique geography in the floral even more special with BloomCheck certification for its sustainable growing practices.

Ocean View’s 500 acres are located in the Lompoc Valley, fifty miles northwest of Santa Barbara, California, where northern and southern currents of the Pacific Ocean meet to create a

Willow Creek Earns BloomCheck Certification

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Willow Creek Earns BloomCheck Certification
Certification Attests to Willow Creek’s Sustainable Practices

At Willow Creek, about an hour inland from Arcata, California, Sun Valley Floral Farms found the ideal growing conditions for some of its specialty crops.

This mountain canyon is the perfect location for the Willow Creek farm, growing specialty crops such as  ilex berries,