Industry Best Practices
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable agriculture seeks to provide more profitable farm income, promote environmental stewardship, and enhance quality of life for farm families and communities. NIFA promotes sustainable agriculture through national program leadership and funding for research and extension. It offers competitive grants programs and a professional development program, and it collaborates with other federal agencies through the USDA Sustainable Development Council. Click here to visit the NIFA website.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

Grants and Education to advance innovations in sustainable agriculture.

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Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform

A food industry organization aimed to support the development of sustainable agriculture, involving stakeholders of the food chain.

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Food Safety System Certification 22000

ISO 22000:2005, Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain, provides a framework of internationally harmonized requirements for the global approach that is needed.

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"GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines & Food Processing Sector Supplement"

GRI Food sector specific guidelines.

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Corporate Reporting and Product Declarations
Pepsi Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability KPI: Direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions, Supply chain greenhouse gas emissions, Fuel-use reduction, Electricity-use reduction, Water-use reduction, Building efficiency, Total water used, Water conservation, Waste % to landfill.

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McDonald's 2011 Global sustainability Scorecard

Report on McDonald's indicators and performance.

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Kraft Foods

Once we determine a good fit with a supplier or business partner, we develop a contract that not only provides the core commercial terms but specifically incorporates our corporate responsibility expectations. For example, we would include legally enforceable provisions on child labor and worker safety. Over the next several years, we will work toward having these corporate responsibility expectations in all contracts with suppliers and business partners.

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Energy Guide — Opportunities for Improving Energy Efficiency in a Focus Industry

EPA provides an ENERGY STAR energy guide for each industry. The guide is a resource on trends in energy use and energy intensity in the industry as well as a systematic analysis and discussion of the energy efficiency opportunities in the manufacturing plants. Energy managers use the guide to: identify areas for improvement, evaluate potential energy improvement options, develop action plans and checklists for the energy program, and educate company employees.

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Food Alliance Certified

Food Alliance provides comprehensive third-party certification for social and environmental responsibility in agriculture and the food industry.

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Protected Harvest

Protected Harvest is a standards setting and third-party certifier of sustainably-grown food products. Protected Harvest growers are assessed and audited on water, air, and soil quality, wildlife protection and social impacts on workers and the community.

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Rainforest Alliance Certified

Businesses that source products grown on certified farms and farms that meet the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) Standard may apply to use the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal.

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USDA Organic

Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.

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Non-GMO Verified

Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.

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Marine Stewardship Council Certified

The MSC's fishery certification program and seafood ecolabel recognize and reward sustainable fishing. We are a global organization working with fisheries, seafood companies, scientists, conservation groups and the public to promote the best environmental choice in seafood.

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Fair Labor Practices and Community Benefits

Fair Labor Practices and Community Benefits certification validates socially responsible practices in agricultural production and processing.

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Trade Associations or Consortia That Can Offer Support
Certified Naturally Grown

List of farms in NYS that are certified naturally grown.

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NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets Farm Fresh Guide

The Farm Fresh Guide lists nearly 2000 farms offering food, products, and services directly to the public.

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Natural Products Expo East

Natural Food products trade show

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Natural Products Association Market Place

The official trade show and conference of the Natural Products Association (NPA), produced by New Hope Natural Media, is the longest running natural and healthy lifestyle products trade show. June 14-16, 2012, Las Vegas.

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Reference

1.  See United States Code (USC)› Title 7› Chapter 64› Subchapter I› § 3103 Definitions, as a reference for "sustainable agriculture".