California pears high on sustainability scale

July 30, 2010
By: Western Farm Press
SureHarvest Professional Services was commissioned by the California Pear Advisory Board and the Pear Pest Management Research Fund to survey the use of sustainability farming practices among California pear growers. SureHarvest surveyed 56 growers representing 71% of the industry and found a large majority employing integrated pest management practices, conservative

Green Marketing: How It Works and When to Use It

July 28, 2010
By: Emily McClendon – Environmental Leader
As sustainability becomes an increasingly vital part of the consumer psyche, green marketing has developed into the ultimate way to reach consumers about their supposedly “green” products. Without strong standards, some companies will exploit the idea of “green” merchandise in order to gain profit. Truly sustainable companies have

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

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.