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Going Bananas for Sustainability

dole_bananas2_taahw915pog44o0ssog8kk80_5r15frdicg4kos40gwk400wsw_th.jpgAccording to a recent report from the Rain Forest Alliance, Dole Food Company, the world’s biggest fruit producer is now selling Rainforest Alliance Certified bananas.

The bananas are grown in Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala on Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, which meet the standards of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), a coalition of leading conservation groups. The standards include metrics on water and soil conservation and wildlife protection, along with labor and community standards.

Dole says the certified bananas will be sold at select retailers throughout the U.S. “Being able to add the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal to our bananas is a great reminder to our customers of Dole’s commitment to environmental stewardship and the well-being of farm workers,” said Mike Cavallero, president of Dole’s North American tropical and fresh fruit division.

The Rainforest Alliance offers certifications for agriculture, forestry, tourism and forest carbon. Farms seeking the Rainforest Alliance seal must be audited by certification body Sustainable Farm Certification, which follows SAN standards.

The program operates in 25 tropical countries and covers over 100 crops. The Rainforest Alliance seal is used by companies including Kraft, Mars and McDonald’s.

In 2008 Dole announced that its operating division in Costa Rica would purchase enough carbon offsets from the Costa Rican government to equal the emissions from the inland transport of its bananas and pineapples.

   

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The Sustainability Campaign

Sustainable GlobeAudubon Lifestyles and the International Sustainability Council is partnering on a project called The Sustainability Campaign.  In essence the Campaign is aimed at creating awareness about the complex issues of sustainability, while forging partnerships with Universities, Government Agencies, Businesses and Not-for-Profit organizations for the purpose of taking immediate action in regard to how we all manage ourselves within each of our personal and professional lives.

As we have said quite often, “We cannot wish ourselves to a sustainable future.  We must work ourselves to a sustainable future, one person and one place at a time.”  We cannot let ourselves become overwhelmed with the magnitude of the issues we are facing.  This will lead us to giving up and not taking any actions.  Everyone can do something, and if we all did those small things that may seem inconsequential the collective results can be huge and very meaningful.

The SustainAbility Newsletter is one communication vehicle that we have created to continue to spread the message about sustainability.  We will include what might seem like simple examples of plain old conservation techniques.  But, these plain old conservation techniques are the foundation blocks of sustainability.

The products that you choose to purchase make a difference.  The way you manage your business makes a difference.  The present sorry state of our economy is showing results of past unsustainable practices.  It is past time for a change!  We must change our ways and we must focus on sustainable economic, environmental and social practices.

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Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.com

The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org

MSNBC
www.msnbc.com

Green Cities
www.greencities.com

The Daily Green
www.thedailygreen.com

LandDesign
www.landdesign.com

Sustainability Campaign
sustainabilitycampaign.blogspot.com

Energy Star
www.energystar.gov

Green Hotels List
www.independenttraveler.com

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A Coalition for Good - Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability

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