San Luis Obispo County
University of California
San Luis Obispo County

Co-management of Food Safety & Sustainability

Co-management – A Short Video on Balancing Food Safety and Sustainability
Balancing food safety and sustainability goals is a vital goal of produce industry management. On their farms, growers are active stewards of the land, protecting soil and water quality as well as supporting wildlife populations by preserving their habitat. At the same time, growers must ensure that their crops are free from contamination that can cause foodborne illnesses. This video demonstrates how opportunities for co-management of food safety and sustainability goals can be found throughout the food supply chain. (No credits) (With credits)


Co-management Practice Resources
A series of resource sheets for food safety auditors that describe conservation practices commonly used in agriculture’s production environment.

Introduction to Auditor Resource Materials
Management Practices in the Agricultural Environment

Practices in the Production Field
Cover Crops and Vegetative Barriers
Soil Amendments
Irrigation Ditches and Tailwater Systems
Sprinkler and Microirrigation Systems

Practices Adjacent to the Production Field
Vegetated Practices Adjacent to Fields
Wind Breaks and Wind Barriers
Constructed Wetlands
Vegetated Practices for Wildlife
Sediment Basins

Practices in the Production Environment
Irrigation Water Storage
Vegetated Practices near Streams
Managing Animal Movement

Additional Resources

•M. Beretti and D. Stuart. Food Safety and Environmental Quality Impose Conflicting Demands on Central Coast Growers.  California Agriculture 62(2):68-73.

•Crohn, D.M. and M.L. Bianchi. 2008. Research Priorities for Coordinating Management of Food Safety and Water Quality. Journal of Environmental Quality 37(4):1411-1418.

•Lowell, K., J. Langholz, and D. Stuart. 2010. Safe and Sustainable: Co-Managing for Food Safety and Ecological Health in California’s Central Coast Region. San Francisco, CA. and Washington, D.C: The Nature Conservancy of California and the Georgetown University Produce Safety Project. An Initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts at Georgetown University. See for more information.




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