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Report: Banana sector ripe for more sustainability

Ottawa, May 25, 2020 – Banana producers are increasingly using voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs) to tackle the sector’s sustainability challenges, including crop diseases, climate change impacts, excessive pesticide use, low farm-gate prices, and poor labour practices, according to a new ...

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Sustainably produced palm oil can curb environmental impacts, report says

Ottawa, April 28, 2020 – Environmental damage linked to palm oil production has led to consumer boycotts and import restrictions in some markets, but a new study says adhering to voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs) can mitigate some of the worst environmental impacts of producing the world’...

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Global sustainable sugarcane production shows significant growth: report

Ottawa, January 30, 2020 – Corporate sustainable sourcing commitments of leading food manufacturing companies are increasing demand for voluntary sustainability standard (VSS)-compliant sugar, with the sector experiencing a compound annual growth rate of about 52% from 2008 to 2016, accounting fo...

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Tea sector shows signs of growth in sustainable production: report

Ottawa, Thursday  December 19, 2019 – The volume of tea produced in compliance with voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs) has grown at a compound annual growth rate of 35 percent since 2008, reaching at least 19 percent of overall production in 2016. In contrast, conventional tea production h...

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Major trends and challenges in the production and consumption of agricultural commodities compliant with voluntary sustainability standards (VSS): IISD launches a new commodities series kicking off with coffee, cacao, tea and sugar

Hundreds of voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs) have emerged over the last three decades as market tools that enhance sustainable development in the agriculture sector. The production of VSS-compliant commodities has continued to grow, reaching at least 34.5 per cent of coffee’s global prod...

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