Waitrose backs LEAF logo Waitrose has given its support to the use of the Linking Environment and Farming logo on fresh produce, John Foley, head of buying for fruit, vegetables and horticulture told growers in Cambridgeshire. He believes due to the present economic climate it is unlikely existing assurance schemes will be able to go beyond present legal requirements. LEAF is a charitable organisation supported by farmers, retailers, conservationists and consumers to develop and promote farming practices which are economically viable and environmentally responsible, through adapting integrated farm management. Foley believes the LEAF logo could offer a positive and practical way forward, working in parallel with the British Farm Standard mark being developed by the NFU. "It would go one stage further in showing our environmental commitment to our customers," he said. LEAF member delegates saw the practical application of the LEAF system on a demonstration farm run by HS&D Burgess. It includes the use of a global positioning satellite, insect trapping, and a computerised weather management system that provides hourly checks indicating potential effect on crops. This often means troublespots can be individually pinpointed, which is far more economic. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}