The IPM Institute of North America is an independent non-profit formed in 1998 to improve sustainability in agriculture and communities.
We have over 20 years of experience in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and reducing pesticide use and risks. Anticipating a growing demand for sustainability programs that go beyond a focus on IPM, our focus expanded over the years to encompass a broad range of agricultural sustainability issues. Our work grew to include partnerships and projects with food and agricultural companies along the supply chain, from growers to packers and processors to retailers. For instance, Partnership for Ag Resource Management was formed in 2010, focused on our work with ag retailers, and Sustainable Food Group was formed in 2014 to focus specifically on developing and implementing programs to advance sustainability in food and agriculture.
Our work includes a range of projects to increase practices that improve working conditions, reduce greenhouse gases, improve air quality, water quality and soil health and reduce risks to health and the environment from pesticide and nutrient use in agriculture and communities.
- Developing and supporting an award-winning Sustainability/IPM Program for a large food company since 2002.
- Supporting the development of a policy and roadmap for a large retailer to meaningfully improve pollinator health across their entire fresh produce supply chain.
- On-going partnerships with several food companies, supporting the development of their supply chain questionnaires, strategic planning efforts and addressing (pesticide) risks.
- Developing and conducting Pesticide Risk Assessments for a range of food companies and supply chains.
- Developing and executing a global sustainable sourcing program for a spice retailer.
- Working to reduce pest problems and pesticide hazards in U.S. schools
Our Vision and Mission
We envision a world where food is grown in sync with natural processes and where agriculture and food companies are a force for good, directly benefiting workers, consumers, water, air, climate, biodiversity and soil.
Our mission is to improve sustainability in agriculture and communities by using the power of the marketplace: buyers want to support products and services that work to protect the environment and reduce health hazards. Marketplace demand is a powerful incentive for increasing the adoption of sustainability best practices in agriculture, landscapes and public and private facilities.
Our Climate Commitments
- Partner with food and agriculture industry leaders to create sustainable outcomes for companies, communities and the climate
- Promote sustainable food supply chains through education and collaboration by tracking, analyzing and reporting on natural resource management
- Develop, launch and manage impactful tools, strategies, certifications and programs for industry leaders to achieve sustainability goals
- Apply organizational expertise on pesticide risks in community greenspaces to benefit people and pollinators
- Exemplify organizational sustainability through office decentralization and promoting health, balance and happiness among our staff
We’ve received the following recognition for our work:
- 2014 Whole Foods Market Supplier Award for Outstanding Quality Assurance, Whole Foods Market
- 2012, 2009 Sustained Excellence in IPM Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- 2009, 2008, 2005, 2004 National Champion, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program
- 2005 Children’s Environmental Health Recognition Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Children’s Health Protection