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Fresh Forum - April 2010

  1. 1. How many more systems?<br />Jane Lovell TQA Australia<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />Food safety, quality and environmental assurance <br />Where are we now?<br />Where are we going?<br />How can we do it better?<br />
  3. 3. Where are we now?….<br />
  4. 4. International perspective<br />
  5. 5. Where are we going? Internationally…..<br />Carbon labelling<br />Carbon Trust – PAS 2050<br />ISO 14067 - underdevelopment<br />GHG Protocol WRI/WBCSD <br />Aeon – “Global Warming Prevention Declaration”<br />Casino – preparing for mandatory environmental labelling in France<br />EC – role of carbon footprinting in European climate policy<br />Greenpeace – piloting labelling in Austria with organic as the best case standard<br />
  6. 6. Where are we going?<br />History shows we follow UK / European trends<br />Sustainability is on the agenda<br />Ethical procurement <br />Woolworths ethical audits<br />Coles ethical questionnaire<br />Environmental management<br />Carbon footprinting<br />Planet Ark Carbon Reduction Label – partnership with Carbon Trust<br />
  7. 7. Consumers<br />NRM / NGO’s<br />Retailer<br />Retailer <br />Agrifood business<br />Primary producer<br />Soil<br />Water<br />Air<br />
  8. 8. How can we do it better?<br />Stop being driven <br />Be proactive and consultative<br />Work together across the supply chain<br />
  9. 9. Environmental Systems Recognition Framework<br />NOT another system<br />
  10. 10. Water<br />Air<br />Soil<br />Primary producer<br />Agrifood business <br />Retailer <br />Retailer <br />
  11. 11. Aim of the project<br />to develop a credible means of recognising on farm environmental certification systems that meet the requirements of major domestic customers <br />to avoid the need for Australian primary producers to implement and manage multiple environmental management systems <br />
  12. 12. Benefits<br />provides clarity on systems that meet retailer / agrifood business environmental requirements<br />allows producers to implement a single system to meet the requirements of multiple retailers / agrifood businesses<br />maximises the options for producers and maximises the supply base for retailers / agrifood businesses<br />minimises the time spent on compliance and increases resources available to environmentally responsible farming practices<br />“recognition” process is independent and credible<br />
  13. 13. The framework - development process<br />Steering Committee appointed<br />Meetings with major domestic retailers<br />Review of systems / tools <br />Domestic and international<br />Draft framework<br />Feedback sought (industry, retailers, NRM organisations etc)<br />Draft framework<br />Develop and pilot recognition process <br />Workshop November 2009<br />Draft framework<br />Feedback sought<br />Industry endorsement sought<br />
  14. 14. Scope<br /> All the horticultural farming activities that happen on the farm up to and including harvest<br />
  15. 15. Areas addressed<br />Chemical management<br />Fertiliser and soil additive management<br />Land and soil management<br />Water management<br />Biodiversity<br />
  16. 16. Areas addressed<br />Waste and pollution management<br />Energy<br />Climate change <br />Internal system management<br />System integrity control<br />Auditors<br />
  17. 17. Structure of the framework<br />Banner statements<br />Compliance criteria<br />
  18. 18. 1. Chemical management<br />1.1 Agricultural chemicals<br />Agricultural chemicals are handled, stored, used and disposed of in a responsible manner, minimising the risk of environmental contamination<br />
  19. 19. 1.1 Agricultural chemicalsCompliance criteria<br />1.1.1 The use of chemical control methods are justified, through crop monitoring or a recognised preventative program. Records of application and justification are required.<br />1.1.2Non-chemical control methods are implemented where possible. Records of actions are required.<br />
  20. 20. Recognition process<br />Developing a credible process<br />Reviewed existing benchmarking systems<br />Talked to key stakeholders<br />Secured a reputable and experience “benchmarker”<br />Two stages – desk audit and verification (on site and / or with certification bodies)<br />
  21. 21. Progress<br />Retailers interested<br />Want industry support for the initiative before progressing further<br />
  22. 22. Support<br />for the initiative can be shown in a number of ways, endorsement of:<br />the concept of “recognising” environmental systems that meet retailer / agribusiness requirements.<br />the eleven areas covered in the version 6.4 of the framework as critical to proving sound environmental management.<br />the banner statements included in version 6.4 of the framework.<br />the compliance criteria included in version 6.4 of the framework.<br />
  23. 23. Interested?<br />Current project ceases 31 May 2010<br />Copies of framework available today<br />If you think there is merit in this project please contact me <br /><br /> 0419 554 047<br />