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Environmental Management Standards Up for Review

by 5m Editor
1 July 2010, at 11:50am

US - The National Pork Producers Council yesterday announced a public review of five American National Standards (ANS) that address the environmental management of concentrated livestock operations.

NPPC serves as the secretariat of the American National Standards for Good Environmental Livestock Production Practices (GELPP).

In 2001, a panel representing livestock and poultry producers, users and general interests approved the content of the five GELPP standards, which are based on industry accepted best management practices. Sources for those practices were on-farm environmental assessments, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service publications and university resources.

The standards have been used as a benchmark against which to compare on-farm environmental management activities and serve as a source of information to the industry and the public. They are intended to enhance decision-making regarding sound environmental livestock production practices. The five standards are:

  • ANSI GELPP 0001-2002, Good Environmental Livestock Production Practices (GELPP): Concentrated Livestock Operations--General Site Conditions.
  • ANSI GELPP 0002-2002, Good Environmental Livestock Production Practices (GELPP): Concentrated Livestock Operations--Production Areas.
  • ANSI GELPP 0003-2002, Good Environmental Livestock Production Practices (GELPP): Concentrated Livestock Operations--Outdoor Manure and Storm Water Storage.
  • ANSI GELPP 0004-2002, Good Environmental Livestock Production Practices (GELPP): Concentrated Livestock Operations--Manure Utilisation.
  • ANSI GELPP 0005-2002, Good Environmental Livestock Production Practices (GELPP): Concentrated Livestock Operations--Mortality Management.

User groups for the current review of the GELPP standards include producers involved with livestock and poultry production on a day-to-day basis; users, i.e. academia, engineers, scientists, researchers, government regulators, agencies; general interests, i.e. food industry representatives, packers, processors, retailers; agriculture associations and interests, i.e. livestock and producer associations, general farm organisations; and environmental interests, i.e. individuals or representatives of groups having special interest in or knowledge of protection of natural resources. There is an open seat on each of the user groups.

An application to fill a seat and information on participation in the standards review process by all directly and materially affected people is available here.

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