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Label Logo How meaningful is the label? Is the label verified? Is the meaning of the label consistent? Are the label standards publicly available? Is information about the organization publicly available? Is the organization free from conflict of interest? Was the label developed with broad public and industry input?
Bird Friendly Highly meaningful Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Eco Apple and Eco Peach - "Certified by the IPM Institute of North America" Somewhat meaningful Yes No Yes Yes No1 No2
Green Shield Certified Meaningful3 Yes4 Yes5 Yes Yes Yes Yes6
Responsible Choice - Stemilt Not meaningful No No7 No No No No
1. Standards development: No. The final decisions for all standards are made by the IPM Institute, which does not have a conflict of interest policy. Verification: No. The IPM Institute of North America makes the final determination on certification approvals. A conflict of interest policy for inspectors and other individuals involved in the verification process is under development.
2. Standards development: No. The standards were developed with broad industry input, from extension agents, growers, and academics but no broad public input. Standards updates: No. The standards are updated yearly, to address emerging pest problems relevant to Northeast growers. Standards updates involve the Advisory Committee, which consists of producers, researchers and crop consultants, members of the IPM Institute of North America and Red Tomato. Growers and other stakeholders are given the opportunity to provide input on the revisions, but draft standards are not posted for public input.
3. The label would be considered "highly meaningful" if onsite inspections occurred annually rather than once every three years, if unannounced inspections were used, and if meeting standards could be verified more objectively.
4. However, on-site inspections only occur once every three years, and unannounced visits are rarely if ever used.
5. Many of the standards are qualitative; they depend on the judgment of the evaluator and on information provided by the company, both of which may vary.
6. Some “commercial” funding comes from certification fees, but the program is primarily funded by grants.
7. Since there are no standards, and growers can make improvements voluntarily (but are not required), the meaning is not consistent.

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