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.
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.
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.
The Healthy Grown eco-label, overseen by Protected Harvest, is gainging notice as a trustworthy eco-labeling process as consumers and businesses become increasingly skeptical of misleading eco-friendly claims. The Wisconsin Eco-Potato partnership and the Healthy Grown eco-label work too increase and improve sustainability practices on Wisconsin potato farms.
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.
September 24, 2009
Business Wire (Press Release) – San Francisco, CA,USA
Cliff was the architect of the LodiRules for Sustainable Winegrowing program for third-party certification by Protected Harvest. Today, 35 growers…
September 23, 2009
Wisbusiness.com – Madison,WI,USA
Growers and packers are audited yearly and certified by the independent nonprofit organization Protected Harvest. “If you’re actually going to have an environmental product, it has to have some kind of high bar, it has to be certified to be valuable.” – Deana Knuteson, the UW-Madison coordinator of the Healthy Grown
Protected Harvest partner FreshSense Wins EPA Recognition: Of the 40 Environmental Awards given by U.S. EPA acting Regional Administrator Laura Yoshii on April 16, only one was given to a food company: FreshSense. The award was given in recognition of the company’s Zeal brand stonefruit grown with sustainable farming practices and certified by Protected Harvest.
Dr. Dan Sonke, Senior Scientist at SureHarvest, discusses the growth in sustainability programs among retail giants such as Wal-Mart and SYSCO and their interest in third-party sustainability certification programs like Protected Harvest.
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FreshSense, a citrus and stonefruit packing company based in Parlier, California, was honored as an IPM Innovator by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. FreshSense produces citrus and stonefruit using sustainable agricultural practices certified by Protected Harvest.
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