LEONARDO ACADEMY FORMS COMMITTEE TO IMPLEMENT SUSTAINABLE AG STANDARDS
Sep. 26, 2012
Source: Leonardo Academy news release
Leonardo Academy announced the formation of the new Marketplace Subcommittee that will address implementation and use of the Draft National Sustainable Agriculture Standard (LEO-4000).
Leonardo Academy invited interested parties to sign up to participate in this subcommittee.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Standard is being developed to reduce market confusion about sustainability in agriculture by providing a uniform national standard that applies to a wide range of agricultural products.
The development of the National Sustainable Agriculture Standard is on track to be completed in the next 12 months. This progress is the result of the dedicated work of the many knowledgeable individuals who serve on the Standard Committee and subcommittees in the open, ANSI-accreditation process.
Leonardo Academy invites all stakeholders to participate in the new Marketplace Subcommittee and in the overall development of the Draft National Sustainable Agriculture Standard.
There are many ways to participate in this development process. Opportunities for participation include:
*participation on the subcommittees,
*applying to be on the Standard Committee,
*signing up to pilot test the standard, and
*making a donation to support the development process.
You can learn more about this standard at the web site: http://www.sustainableagstandard.org
This standard is creating a national framework for advancing sustainability in agricultural.
For producers, it will provide confirmation of sustainability practices already in place, guidance on how to further advance the sustainability of their operations, and metrics and verification for communicating sustainability achievements to customers.
For manufacturers, distributors and retailers, it will provide a template to guide sustainability specifications for the agricultural products they purchase and distribute.
For consumers, it will help to clarify the meaning of the term "sustainability" in agriculture and enable them to make informed choices about the products they buy.
By engaging producers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and consumers, the standard will support improvement throughout this supply chain, driving success and economic, social and environmental sustainability in agriculture.
About Leonardo Academy
Leonardo Academy is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing sustainability by leveraging innovative tools and information to motivate the competitive market. By utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability strategies, education and implementation, we strive to make sustainability practical for everyone.
We develop integrative sustainability solutions designed to enhance the environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic prosperity of organizations, corporations and individuals. We see a world filled with sustainable opportunities that can transform the way we live today and ensure the prosperity of future generations.