Sustainability may be the newest buzzword, but it's a credo the agriculture industry has lived by for generations because we know it is critical to our survival. Sustainable agriculture integrates three principles: 1) financial sustainability; 2) environmental sustainability; and 3) social sustainability.
For any business to contribute to environmental and social sustainability, it must also be financially sustainable. We must be able to provide fresh produce at a quality and price that is acceptable to our customers since they, too, must maintain a financial sustainability.
At Boggiatto Produce, we make every effort to minimize our impact on the environment so that we may continue to provide our customers fresh produce for generations to come. Following are some of our standard operating practices that support that commitment.
Many American farmers, including those associated with our company, have been farming their land for generations. Land is our biggest asset and it only makes sense that we do everything in our power to protect it.
Irrigation is necessary for any farming operation, but at Boggiatto Produce, we don't irrigate needlessly.
Some believe that organic growing practices are more sustainable than conventional farming. At Boggiatto Produce, after much research and thought, we believe both farming methods can be equally sustainable and offer these facts for your consideration.Packaging
Boggiatto Produce packages its fresh produce in recyclable cartons wherever possible. We have increased our use of recyclable cartons by 30% over the last two years and are committed to continuing our progress on that front.
The owners of Boggiatto Produce have been farming and living in the California's Salinas Valley for four generations. As a respected and responsible corporate citizen, we are committed to our employees and our community. All our workers are paid a living wage that is consistent with labor practices in the area and we provide safe and sanitary working conditions. We see continuity in our crews from year to year which attests to that fact. We also support local food banks and donate excess product to them on a regular basis.
1 J. Kovach, C. Petzwoldt, J. Degni, and J. Tette, "A Method to Measure the Environmental Impact of Pesticides," New York's Food and Life Sciences Bulletin Number 139, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornel University, Ithaca, New York (1992).