Limoneira Company released its inaugural Sustainability Report, outlining its history of commitment to environmental and social responsibility and sustainability programs and practices.
Since Limoneira’s inception, sustainability has been an integral part of its overall business practices. The company’s appreciation for its land, employees and customers greatly contributed to its sustainability mindset and ability to pioneer techniques to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
“Limoneira has been sustainably producing citrus for over a century and a quarter. Over this long period one thing has remained constant – our commitment to stewardship is an ingrained part of our culture and mission statement,” said Harold Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer of Limoneira. “We have a long history and a strong commitment to being an ethical and responsible company acting with integrity and respect for each other, our communities and the environment. Sustainability is the basis of our corporate stewardship for both natural and human resources. We are pleased to display our leadership role in these areas through our inaugural sustainability report.”
Limoneira harvests in a manner that is safe for its employees and limits fruit damage and disease. Additionally, the Company coordinates scheduling and information flows from their harvesting crews and packinghouse to limit fruit waste and maximize efficiencies. Limoneira also helps to address food waste issues with its “Lemon Misfits” - The misfit label is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the lemons having a little scarring from wind in the orchards. Limoneira still offers “Lemon Misfits” as a product to consumers knowing that although they may be ugly – beauty is only skin deep as they are still perfectly juicy.
Preventive strategies, adopted early, can reduce inputs and help establish a sustainable production system. When possible, pest-resistant crops are selected which tolerate existing soil or site conditions. When site selection is an option, factors such as soil type and depth, previous crop history and location (e.g. climate, topography) are taken into account before planting.
To read the sustainability report, click here.
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