Organic companies join sustainability association

by Jeff Gelski
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EUGENE, ORE. — Nineteen organic companies have signed an 11-point action plan put out by The Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Association (F.T.S.L.A.), a new nonprofit business association designed to provide a hub for businesses to network, share best practices and work toward solutions to shared challenges.

"The unprecedented scale and speed of global climate change combined with rising energy inputs puts into stark view the vulnerabilities of the food system," said Natalie Reitman-White, executive director of the F.T.S.L.A. "Our vision is for the organic sector to lead the way in the transition toward a sustainable food system, by demonstrating successful sustainable business models that will, in time, become the beacon for the entire food industry."

The F.T.S.L.A. launched an 11-point action plan to promote education and action toward sustainable business practices in the natural food trade. Companies who sign the pledge commit to continual improvement and transparency in their practices, and in return the companies receive the education and tools needed to support their efforts.

The 11 action areas include:

● organics

● climate change

● energy

● distribution

● labor

● packaging

● water

● waste

● animal care

● governance

● consumer education

The F.T.S.L.A. wants to recruit 50 new companies to sign the pledge over the next year. Nathan Morr, director of social and environmental responsibility for SunOpta, Inc., Brampton, Ont., is president of the F.T.S.L.A. board.

The 19 companies that have signed the pledge include:

●Adina for Life

●Albert’s Source Organic

●Amy’s Kitchen

●CF Fresh

●Charlie’s Produce

●Coop Partners

●Frontier Natural Products Coop

●Glory Bee Foods

●Heath and Lejeune

●Hummingbird Wholesale

●LifeSource Natural Foods

●Nature’s Path Foods

●New Harvest Organics

●Organically Grown Company

●PCC Natural Markets

●SunOpta, Inc.

●The Wedge Coop

●UNFI FBN

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