“It’s cut down on my use of plastic by at least 70%, which translates into $40,000 to $50,000 a year,” Testa said.
Village Farms joins clean tech stock index
Village Farms International, Delta, British Columbia, was named by Standard & Poor’s and TMX Group Inc. to the S&P/TSX Clean Technology Index. TMX Group operates the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).
Companies on the index have been evaluated for commitment to renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste reduction and management, and low impact materials and products, said Helen Aquino, marketing manager.
Wada collaborates on information exchange
Bob Meek, chief executive officer, Wada Farms Marketing Group LLC, Idaho Falls, said the company is working with Bayer CropScience to share information and resources on sustainability and achieving Produce Traceability Initiative objectives.
Bayer CropScience helped Wada pilot a PTI program. Using Wada’s sustainability program and data as a model, Bayer CropScience created software that could be used by other growers, Meek said.
Zespri monitors its water footprint
New Zealand-based grower cooperative Zespri International Ltd. is assessing data from its 2011 water footprint research as part of developing its best practices, said Carol Ward, general marketing manager.
Among the findings: 85% of the water used is green water, which is from rainfall or natural moisture, Ward said.
Zespri released a carbon footprint report in 2011.