Perhaps we would value our protected lands and water more if they were included as part of the economy! Outdoor recreation - which depends on healthy ecosystems and clean water - employs more people than oil, natural gas, and mining combined, according to the Outdoor Industry Association.
Whole Foods produce rating system spurs farm action. To earn a "good" rating, a farm must take 16 major steps to protect air, soil, water and human health. Growers also must comply with the Responsibly Grown pesticide policy, which restricts growers to using only pesticides registered with the EPA, regardless of the country of origin. Growers also cannot use biosolids or irradiation and must commit to GMO transparency.