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Have you ever wondered how different parties in the fresh produce supply chain are implementing sustainability practices? Are they doing more than your business? Less? Are there new and innovative ways to approach sustainability? If these are questions you have asked yourself, consider joining Western Growers for an informational webinar related to three current sustainability efforts and perspectives.
Have you ever wondered how different parties in the fresh produce supply chain are implementing sustainability practices? Are they doing more than your business? Less? Are there new and innovative ways to approach sustainability? If these are questions you have asked yourself, consider joining Western Growers for an informational webinar related to three current sustainability efforts and perspectives. Our featured speakers include experts in sustainability in the almond, wine and food service sectors and they will provide an overview of, the background on and current status of each of their efforts. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear about these three programs.
A.G. Kawamura, owner and partner of Orange County Produce, L.L.C. and Western Growers Board Director, recently spoke at a local TEDx Orange Coast Conference taking on the notion that our national food system is broken and needs fixed. His speech entitled, “Food is a privilege, not a right,” takes on the critics who think that we need to change our views about food and agriculture.
A new U.S. corrugated industry life cycle assessment (LCA) study shows a significant 32 percent reduction per unit in the industry’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions between 2006 and 2010. Additionally, the industry improved in other environmental impact indicators. Effects of nutrient releases on receiving waters and soils (eutrophication) decreased by 22 percent and effects of particulate matter emissions (respiratory effects) decreased by 14 percent.
Members of the Western Growers Board of Directors convened this week in Orange County under the leadership of Chairman Bruce Taylor to deliberate the top issues affecting the industry. High on the list of issues discussed were the drought and regulatory restrictions on water supply, food safety, labor union activities and immigration reform. Several standing committees featured guest speakers. Dr. Jay Famiglietti, a senior water cycle scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and David Orth, general manager of the Kings River Conservation District, presented to the Water Committee; Amy Wolfe, president and CEO of AgSafe, presented to the Labor Committee; and Dr. Jerry Baron, executive director of IR-4 presented to the Food Safety, Science & Technology Committee.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has announced that it is extending the application deadline until July 29, 2014, for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). The extension gives applicants an additional two weeks to submit the information needed to apply for an estimated $10 million in competitive grants. The grants can be used for the implementation of water conservation measures that result in increased water efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.