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The number of points awarded for specific criteria within a question corresponded to the level of detail in a company statement.

In California and Arizona, produce growers and industry representatives have implemented their own Leafy Green Marketing Agreements LGMAwhich require participating producers of leafy greens to voluntarily verify their compliance with best food safety practices through third-party audits Tobin et al.

Parents reported that children asked more for fruits and vegetables at home after being exposed to farm-to-school programs. This increase suggests that global food companies are increasingly aware that farm animal welfare is of interest to their stakeholders, but also that many companies have yet to acknowledge farm animal welfare as a business issue or to demonstrate their approach to farm animal welfare to stakeholders and society.

Farm to Family was pilot tested in urban Head Start programs that served as the conduit for weekly produce deliveries from a local farm to families in the form of subsidized farm shares.

Our aim is that international policies and targets increasingly begin to recognize the interlinkages, in terms of impacts and dependencies that food systems have with our economies, societies, health, and environment.

The task for Extension to provide relevant educational programming to fresh produce growers is not easy. To support the application and implementation of the Framework and the associated discussions among stakeholders, it may be useful to use the tables and text from section 6.

Findings show that gardening increased vegetable consumption in children. However, increases in the correct responses did not occur across all of the knowledge statements. For example, depending on the assessment, water may include coverage of both surface and ground water resources.

Determine the stocks, flows, outcomes and impacts most relevant for the purpose of the study. Tier 1 companies were those that were considered to be showing leadership through having strongly stated commitments to animal welfare and detailed reporting on how these were being implemented [ 23 The Benchmarking Process The core principle of the benchmarking process was that companies were only assessed on the basis of their published information on farm animal welfare, to encourage better disclosure of information.

The core areas were weighted as indicated in Table 2. Responses for each objective varied because only those respondents who provided answers to both pre- and post-tests questions were included. The Framework includes four elements - stocks, flows, outcomes and impacts- which capture the set of interactions see Figure 1.

As fresh produce growers seek to adhere to the food safety policies of their buyers and the regulations of the government in order to maintain market viability, U. Reporting and communicating findings. Several of these elements may be measured differently — for example, in qualitative, quantitative or monetary terms.

Since it includes all categories of material interactions in a given food system, the Framework can offer entry points to many people — for example, researchers focusing on social impacts of food systems, can use social capital related outcomes as a starting point, and then make linkages to the other three capitals.

Providing technical information to an audi- ence that does not utilize the knowledge fails to be an effective use of Extension resources Clements, Further, the Framework is intended for use in an interdisciplinary manner, where the questions to be analysed, the options to be compared, and the scale, scope, and relevant variables included are determined in an open and participatory way.

The choice of methods will depend on the focus and purpose of any given assessment, the availability of data, and the scope of analysis. It also assesses whether companies show leadership in this field. Responding to the growing concerns of food safety issues related to fresh produce and the growers' need to carry out food safety regulations to maintain market viability, Penn State Extension offered food safety workshops for these growers.

In essence, no matter what the starting point or purpose, the Framework can allow researchers to contextualise their assessments within the broader set of interactions that their food system has.

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Since it includes all categories of material interactions in a given food system, the Framework can offer entry points to many people — for example, researchers focusing on social impacts of food systems, can use social capital related outcomes as a starting point, and then make linkages to the other three capitals.

The views that food companies hold about their responsibilities for animal welfare and their management practices and processes have a critical influence on the lives and welfare of farm animals.

This paper reports on the first two assessments of company performance, the Benchmark [ 23 ] and the Benchmark [ 26 ], and discusses what the results tell us about corporate practices on the reporting on farm animal welfare management. Gardening also increases the variety of vegetables eaten. If these three features cannot be demonstrated, then the assessment would be considered a partial assessment and not consistent with the spirit of the TEEBAgriFood project.

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Company scores were only revised if a the company could demonstrate that the assessment had not taken account of information that was in the public domain at the time of the assessment i. In order to usefully serve produce growers, Extension must conduct evaluations that provide relevant information to foster program improvement.

When we look at the reported actions taken by companies—the subject of this paper—we need to recognise that the actions taken will be critically influenced by the ethical views that food companies hold about the welfare of animals and by the pressures or lack of pressure on them to adopt high standards of farm animal welfare.

Such assessments, while clear in scope, leave out broader issues of sustainability and equity that are fundamental considerations in assessing food systems. The evaluation findings can also be used to identify programming content that needs more attention Chapman-Novakofski et al.

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Relatedly, appropriate spatial boundaries would need to be defined — within or across regions, countries etc. Our aim is that international policies and targets increasingly begin to recognize the interlinkages, in terms of impacts and dependencies that food systems have with our economies, societies, health, and environment.

Findings indicate that increases in technical information among growers do not neces- sarily translate into their performing GAP activities.

There were six tiers in total, with Tier 1 as the highest level possible, showing leadership in animal welfare. Several of these elements may be measured differently — for example, in qualitative, quantitative or monetary terms.

Impacts value addition elements are excluded from this table since the scope of measured impacts will relate directly to the scope of capital stocks, outcomes, and flows that are included in an assessment.

If a company’s commitment is translated into action, it can be a major driver of animal welfare. The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) is an annual evaluation of farm animal welfare-related practices, reporting and performance of food companies. Evaluation of these two aspects requires an understanding and mapping of the spatial scales at which these interactions are happening – ecosystem services used at the farm level may be generated beyond the farm, for example.

Welfare (BBFAW) is an annual evaluation of farm animal welfare-related practices, reporting and performance of food companies.

The framework evaluates how close, based on their disclosures, performance of food companies on farm animal welfare management. To that end, it assesses company. (unpasteurized) milk) are out of scope for the purposes of the final evaluation, because (1) the final evaluation focuses on the production processes used to produce a finished food.

Evaluation of Food Manufactured, Processed, Packed, or Held (Outside the Farm Definition) in a Facility Co-Located on a Farm for Risk of Intentional Adulteration 1. Evaluation of Food Manufactured, Processed, Packed, or Held (Outside the Farm Definition) in a Facility Co-Located on a Farm for Risk of Intentional Adulteration 1.

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