On the Natural Resources Defense Council Web site's "OnEarth" page, there is a short version of a longer article that will appear soon by journalist Frederick Kaufman. "What's New for Dinner?" describes recent efforts by big agribusiness to define agricultural sustainability.
Large food producers have allied themselves with a small, relatively unknown, and extraordinarily ambitious consortium called the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops. The aim is to set industry standards for "sustainability" that will come to be accepted worldwide both by food producers and environmental groups. Kaufman's article is an investigation of how this is playing out in various areas of food production.