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2019 Revisions

Revisions to the AJP Standards in 2019

In 2019, the Agricultural Justice Project (AJP) published the next revised version of our Social Stewardship Standards for Farms, Ranches, and Other Food and Agriculture Businesses (2019v4). This is the fourth round of revisions to the Food Justice Certification Standards.

AJP engages in revisions approximately every five years and does its best to adhere to the guidelines of the ISEAL Alliance, the global association for credible sustainability standards. AJP staff and board reach out to stakeholders regarding their opportunity to comment on the standards, compile comments, complete a full revised draft, solicit a 2nd round of comments on the revision second draft, revise again if needed, and provide a public explanation of the decisions on changes. Many stakeholders, including farmers, farmworkers, co-op grocery store staff and other food system workers and organizations, contributed suggestions during two public comment periods. A diverse team of stakeholders, including farmers, farmworkers, a certifier, and a food co-op staffer, serve on the AJP governance committees and are responsible for writing the revisions, reviewing the changes and comments and suggesting edits and improvements. Decisions are made via consensus by all three of AJP’s governance bodies (the Advisory Council, the Standards Committee, and the AJP board).

Summary of 2019 revisions #

1st Open Comment Period #

October 9, 2015 – January 20, 2016

2nd Public Comment Period (English) #

February 28 – May 30, 2017

2nd Public Comment Period (Español) #

April 18, 2017 – July 17, 2017