Update: Coordinating Council Meeting, February 8-9
Staff, Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops
On February 8 and 9, the Coordinating Council (CC) of the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC) met in San Francisco. A majority of the representatives from the three stakeholder groups (growers, buyers and public interest groups) were in attendance . For a full list of Coordinating Council members, click here.
There was strong agreement among meeting attendees that SISC has built substantial credibility as a definitive metric development body. Another shared sentiment was that we must seize the opportunity now to move SISC metrics from theoretical to practical application in a way that will support the fruit, vegetable and nut industry in identifying increased efficiencies.
The CC, which makes all decisions by consensus, was successful in making a number of important decisions over the two days. The group agreed to:
- a number of strategic pilot objectives and ways we will work together over the next few months to meet and exceed pilot goals;
- next steps for the green house gas, human resource, pesticide and waste metrics;
- an institutional framework concept that we will build out into a strategic plan;
- explore ways in which harmonization and collaboration with other agriculture metrics efforts can leverage important SISC accomplishments.
Full meeting minutes will be available in the next few days.