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Sustainability certification via Food Alliance


May 17, 2012
By Food Alliance

May 17, 2012 – Portland, OR – Food Alliance (FA), a national non-profit
and experienced certifier of sustainability claims in agriculture in the
U.S., has launched three tools for greenhouse and nursery producers who
are committed to managing for operational, environmental and social
excellence.

May 17, 2012 – Portland, OR – Food Alliance (FA), a national non-profit and experienced certifier of sustainability claims in agriculture in the U.S., has launched three tools for greenhouse and nursery producers who are committed to managing for operational, environmental and social excellence.

1) The FA Sustainability Standard for Nursery and Greenhouse Production provides a comprehensive definition to guide nursery and greenhouse operators in achieving greater sustainability.

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2) The FA Sustainability Evaluation Tool allows growers to self-assess current sustainability performance – and set sustainability objectives – either as a prelude to certification or as a best management practice.

3) The voluntary FA Sustainability Certification Program gives producers a credible way to distinguish their sustainably managed operation and products in the marketplace, to customers and consumers.

The FA Sustainability Standard for Nursery and Greenhouse Production was developed by industry request, and covers resource conservation, integrated pest management, safe and fair working conditions, wildlife habitat and biodiversity conservation — along with operational efficiencies such as energy use, recycling, and waste disposal.

ENVIRONMENTALLY AND SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE MANNER

Producers use the resulting information to support decision-making and to assure customers and consumers, credibly, that products have been produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

“Greenhouse and nursery producers care about sustainability and seek greater operational efficiency,” says Karen Lewotsky, certification director for Food Alliance.

“By using FA’s new tools for this industry, producers realize two big benefits. First, our tools offer a systematic mechanism for managing and improving environmental and social outcomes across the entire operation. And second, greenhouse and nursery leaders who meet the stringent certification requirements can add value to their product with credible market-facing claims supported by certification.”

The FA Sustainability Standard for Nursery and Greenhouse could be used by ornamental plant producers across North America, including field, container, and greenhouse production. Industry stakeholders were involved from the onset.
 
For more information on the FA Sustainability Standard for Nursery and Greenhouse Production and the FA Sustainability Certification Program, visit www.foodalliance.org/nursery or email roberta@foodalliance.org.

ABOUT FOOD ALLIANCE
Food Alliance is a U.S.-based non-profit organization that defines sustainability in agriculture and food handling operations with sustainability standards and a comprehensive third-party certification program that addresses a wide range of consumer and industry concerns. Food Alliance ensures safe and fair working conditions, humane treatment of animals, and careful stewardship of ecosystems.


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