ISO 14000 query (fwd)

Victor Guest vic at daena.eepo.com.au
Tue Sep 9 13:43:38 EDT 1997


Reply-To: fiona.scott at smtpgwy.agric.nsw.gov.au
Originator: ag-impact
Sender: ag-impact at freedom.mtn.org

     Please reply to Genevieve directly at carrutg at agric.nsw.com.au, I have 
     posted her query on her behalf.
     
     Fiona
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     My name is Genevieve Carruthers, and I work for the NSW Department of 
     Agriculture in Australia. My background is in ecology (with a special 
     interest in sustainable agriculture and entomology/soil fauna). I have 
     previously worked for the Federal EPA (conducting risk assessment for 
     ag. and vet chemicals prior to their release), various universities, 
     and the Australian Plague Locust Commission.
     
     I have recently been employed to work with farmers and other clients 
     of NSW Ag. interested in adopting a systems approach to farming. 
     Obviously, organic farmers and similar are already some way down this 
     road.
     
     I am interested in case studies or examples of agricultural 
     enterprises that have adopted environmental management systems 
     approaches to their production. ISO 14000, being the internationally 
     recognised systems approach is but one of several systems that can be 
     used (others being the EU's EMAS scheme, the British BS 7750 etc.). So 
     far in Australia, only one farmer, a cotton grower, has followed the 
     ISO 14000 path to full certification, at an approximate cost of 
     $40-60,000.
     
     Can anyone provide me with information, or case studies? I'd be most 
     grateful, and am happy to pass on information from Australia, as I 
     find it, to interested parties.
     
     Genevieve Carruthers
     
     carrutg at agric.nsw.com.au




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