Apple growers in the Pacific Northwest are needed to participate in a survey that will support the development of a life cycle assessment and help develop region-specific solutions to address climate change challenges. 

The project is funded by the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission with input and support from the Washington State Tree Fruit Association and Northwest Horticultural Council. A research team led by Washington State University is conducting the study. 

According to an announcement from the team, the goal is to contribute to industry-led solutions by quantifying the region’s production practices and documenting sustainable and climate-smart practices, which apple growers can use to effectively communicate sustainability achievements to buyers and consumers. 

The team also plans to develop a model and tool that will allow growers to calculate sustainability metrics for their individual operations. This analysis tool will be available to all Pacific Northwest apple growers and will help the industry identify practical, region-specific solutions and quantify climate-smart practices already in place. 

For more information and to participate in the survey, go to:

by Jonelle Mejica