Salmon Safe Soapbox
Photo by Barry Kovish

The Wide World of Eco Labels

Thursday, December 19, 2002

Sierra MagazineNovember/December 2002
Every time you go shopping, it seems like there’s a new eco-label promoting anything from pesticide-free produce to salmon-friendly wine. Includes a quick roundup of some more labels you might see...

Read the article Sierra Magazine.

Food for Thought: Beyond Organic

Farming with salmon, coyotes, and wolves

by Daniel Imhoff

In recent years, the organic farming movement has mushroomed into a $4 billion-a-year industry. Large organic growers now produce multi-thousand-acre monocrops of cotton, rice, and vegetables, and the industry expects its 20 percent annual growth rate to continue for at least ten more years.

This has attracted the attention of agribusiness, which tried last year to weaken the definition of organic to include food that has been bioengineered, irradiated, or grown with sewage sludge. Now a countereffort by small growers argues for a definition that goes beyond eliminating chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

"Conserving habitat for endangered species and using water responsibly are concerns that aren't yet addressed by organic certification," says Warren Weber, whose Star Route Farm is one of California's oldest organic enterprises. These goals are explicit, however, in the Salmon Safe program of the Oregon-based Pacific Rivers Council. "Agricultural runoff is a critical polluter of salmon habitat in the Northwest," says program director Dan Kent. "We knew that changing farming practices could drastically reduce that." In the program's first year, 40 Northwest farms totaling 10,000 acres have been certified.

Salmon Safe farmers reduce runoff into spawning grounds mainly by planting cover crops like clover, beans, and rye between seasons and in fallow fields, as well as by establishing buffer strips along creeks, streams, and river banks. (Flowering cover crops also attract insects that help keep pests in check.) While most organic-certification programs recommend cover-cropping, they don't require it. On the other hand, not all Salmon Safe farms are organic; many are vineyards that use some chemicals. "We really struggled with whether a farmer had to be perfect or not," says Kent. "But no matter what we did, there was still going to be agriculture in salmon watersheds. So we tried to include a wide variety of farms in the program." Salmon Safe's goal is not to supersede organic certification, but to highlight the connection between food production and wildlife preservation.

That link was first made in 1990 by Earth Island Institute's successful Dolphin Safe Tuna certification. Earth Island subsequently launched a Turtle Safe Shrimp program, which requires shrimpers to release endangered turtles and other nontarget species unharmed.

In Montana and Idaho, the Growers' Wool Cooperative has started a Predator Friendly Wool certification program that seeks coexistence with native predators rather than their elimination. Participating ranchers protect their sheep from coyotes, mountain lions, wolves, and bears using nonlethal methods such as enclosed pastures or guard animals like llamas, dogs, and burros. The Predator Friendly Wool eco-label brings a premium to ranchers selling wool or value-added products like blankets and sheepskins.

"The coyote and wolf are part of what makes this region so special," says Becky Weed, a Predator Friendly cofounder who keeps 180 ewes on 160 acres. "If I have to kill all the native species to ranch, then I ought to quit. There are better ways to ranch, and ranching is a hell of a lot better than subdivisions."

A similar effort in Arizona and New Mexico teams cattle ranchers with Defenders of Wildlife to introduce Wolf Country Beef. Participants allow the recolonization of the nearly extinct Mexican wolf on their private lands; any losses due to predation are reimbursed by Defenders. Thus far, more than 70,000 acres of ranch land is covered by the program.

We can all cheer the success of the organic revolution, but simply eliminating chemical fertilizers and pesticides is not the last word in farming; it's just the beginning.


Daniel Imhoff writes frequently about agriculture and environmental design.

You can find information on Turtle Safe Shrimp from www.earthisland.org, (800) 859-SAVE. For Predator Friendly Wool products, call (406) 374-9858; for Salmon Safe, (503) 294-0786; for Wolf Country Beef, (520) 578-9334.

(C) 2000 Sierra Club. Reproduction of this article is not permitted without permission. Contact sierra.magazine@sierraclub.org for more information.

Share |

Some people might say that

Some people might say that ‘my animal is perfectly healthy now – I’ll just wait to get insurance later.’ The problem with this philosophy is that insurance companies don’t cover pre-existing conditions so if you wait you may lose out on coverage all together. Low Cost Pet Insurance

pinched nerves

You are simply awesome. I strongly agree with your point of view. The post is really nice and informative. Good work.

http://mypinchednerveinneck.com

used car lot las vegas

This is a wonderful article, Given so much info in it, These type of articles keeps the users interest in the website, and keep on sharing more ... good luck.

used car lot las vegas

fantastic photo booth for

brilliant photo booth rental

great blog. keep it up.

great blog. keep it up. bookmarked for future reading Rivertrees Residences | Rivertrees condo | Rivertrees

Rivertrees Residences is a

Rivertrees Residences is a 99-years leasehold private condominium development located at Sengkang West Way / Fernvale Link in District 19. With expected completion in mid 2017, it comprises of TBA towers with estimated 590 units and stands TBA storeys tall. Rivertrees Residences

empower network

it seems like there’s a new eco-label promoting anything from pesticide-free produce to salmon-friendly wine. Includes a quick roundup of some more labels you might see...empower network

A wonderful and unique

A wonderful and unique lifestyle awaits you. Please see Boardwalk Residences project details and floor plans for more information. Boardwalk Condo Fernvale

The fall in the prices has

The fall in the prices has hurt the mass-market segment of the property market the most, and incidentally this happens to be the most voluminous and strongest part of the demand.
property market outlook

games

Thank you for this beautiful theme friend
Best flash games
العاب تلبيس

fast payday loan

Thats amazing
fast payday loan

Laser liposuction ensures the

Laser liposuction ensures the plastic surgeon needs to make only precise incisions where the computer-regulated laser enters to burn the fat cells in the target area without damaging the surrounding tissues.WHAT IS THIS?
managed windows hosting

She became a best selling

She became a best selling author and a wealthy woman after the prosecution. Her behavior in getting the teens arrested and convicted was particularly egregious. San Francisco appliance repair

A wonderful and unique

A wonderful and unique lifestyle awaits you. Please see Fernvale Condo project details and floor plans for more information. Boardwalk Residences register interest

A similar effort in Arizona

A similar effort in Arizona and New Mexico teams cattle ranchers with Defenders of Wildlife to introduce Wolf Country Beef. Participants allow the recolonization of the nearly extinct Mexican wolf on their private lands; any losses due to predation are reimbursed by Defenders. Thus far, more than 70,000 acres of ranch land is covered by the progra, what you mean?
"https://www.facebook.com/vidavacations">Vida Vacations Facebook page

Nice information, valuable

Nice information, valuable and excellent design, as share good stuff with good ideas and concepts, lots of great information and inspiration, both of which I need, thanks to offer such a helpful information here., WHAT?
"http://www.creativecameron.com/">travel

re are now 50 murder

re are now 50 murder convictions under review by the Brooklyn district attorney’s office because of one man, retired detective Louis Scarcella. His criminal behavior came to light when an innocent white man, David Ranta, was freed after spending 23 years in jail because Scarcella coached a witness into falsely identifying him as a killer. blog comments

r what we did, there was

r what we did, there was still going to be agriculture in salmon watersheds. So we tried to include a wide variety of farms in the program." Salmon Safe's goal is not to supersede organic certification, but to highlight the connection between food production and wildlife preservation. ibcbet 168

Anyone who noticed the

Anyone who noticed the implausibility of these situations must also have noticed that the Scarcellas of the NYPD worked hand in hand with prosecutors to prosecute as many people as possible and that their bad behavior was condoned. youwatch

differvs - laptop vs

    differvs - laptop vs

wide variety of farms in the

wide variety of farms in the program." Salmon Safe's goal is not to supersede organic certification, but to highlight the connection between food production and wildlife preservation. top pc games

    differvs - laptop vs

https://www.rebelmouse.com

Nice information, valuable and excellent design, as share good stuff with good ideas and concepts, lots of great information and inspiration, both of which I need, thanks to offer such a helpful information here.
www.rebelmouse.com/howtotextgirls

Diet

Restore the health of your thyroid... thyromine reviews

http://dominosheaven.co.uk/

You can find information on Turtle Safe Shrimp...
http://dominosheaven.co.uk

jordan 11

The first the theory is that not necessarily entirely possible. The particular, Commonly make it through

that can 33 miles following a strenuous fatigue, The pain sensation run best walking phase. jordan 11 bredExtremely the previous gathering 26 kilometer and also before

Cheng, 4 or so short min in addition to the 10 moments consisting of full velocity, Cadence my honestly came with the end result a great deal incrementally

finally in when you are done merely 33 a long way walking,breds 11 Earphones 10 a short time not so quick than the prospective.

http://bangkokpattayahospital.com/nurse/wart-removal-are-wart-re

A similar effort in Arizona and New Mexico teams cattle ranchers with Defenders of Wildlife to introduce Wolf Country Beef.
wart remover

Youtube Seo

If you would like to boost your understanding only continue to keep checking out this website and stay current with the newest chit chat posted here.

Adsense Avalanche Review

william

g only continue to keep checking out this website and stay current with the newest chit chat posted here. buy instagram likes

I'm really happy to find this

Really informative blog post here my friend. I just required commenting & say maintain the quality work. I’ve bookmarked your blog just now and Ill be back to read more in the future my friend!
photo booth rental in Orlando

Plastic Surgery

Laser liposuction ensures the plastic surgeon needs to make only precise incisions where the computer-regulated laser enters to burn the fat cells in the target area without damaging the surrounding tissues.
Carol Burnett Plastic Surgery

william

you offer in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and have my children check up here often. I am quite sure they will learn lots of new stuff here than anybody else! trailer tent

viral stacker

video

I am sure a lot of people think our world and country have changed pretty dramatically since then. Oceanfront homes
Video

glamurtv

I really enjoy simply reading all of your weblogs. Simply wanted to inform you that you have people like me who appreciate your work. Definitely a great post. Hats off to you ! The information that you have provided is very helpful. Video

as informative, Thanks a lot

as informative, Thanks a lot for sharing us about this update. Hope you will not get tired on making posts as informative as this.

used plastic pallets

DOWNLOAD BOLLYWOOD SONGS

Thank you for the excellent content I did experienced studying it, I will be sure to save your website and definitely will come returning from again. I want to motivate that you proceed your excellent job, have a excellent day. DOWNLOAD BOLLYWOOD SONGS FREE

Descriptive Detail

Nice article, thanks for sharing this information. Good to know that this topic is being covered also in this web site.
canlı maç izle canlı maç izle

buy facebook followers

Really informative blog post here my friend. I just required commenting & say maintain the quality work. I’ve bookmarked your blog just now and Ill be back to read more in the future my friend!
buy facebook followers

cheap facebook fans

This is actually very valuable. Everything in this post actually shows me something. I like this post very much. You should keep on doing such outstanding posts!
cheap facebook fans

grape 5s Be grateful for

grape 5s

Be grateful for your begin, you can. Carried out two clips of a job precious slimmers, The exact the past centre your amazing email had fire red 5s way to many leading communications. Electronic-Mail campaigns have been been greeted by spiteful blasts in big amounts for the protection your home and the device, The next five days, This approach email won't are shown comments bigger than 5M meantime, At the most odd addition jordan retro 11 5M (Wide parts unhindered) u-Mailing, You can see undergo standard. Post 5th, A new email jordan 11 bred usually inevitably revisit normal

it's really nice and meanful.

it's really nice and meanful. it's really cool blog. Linking is very useful thing.you have really helped lots of people who visit blog and provide them usefull information.
megapolis triche

Nuratrim Review

Very nice post, thanks! Nuratrim Review

boat parade newport

If some one needs to be updated with hottest technologies then he must be pay a quick visit this web page and be up to date everyday. boat parade newport

HQ Videos

I am very enjoyed for this blog. Its an informative topic. It help me very much to solve some problems. Its opportunity are so fantastic and working style so speedy
HQ Videos

Dietmythsandfacts

Very good post in this site! Adiphene Review Good job! Hypothyroidism Revolution Review

Alan Delano