Fieldgram on Responsibility

All living organisms produce and release waste. Repealing the laws of nature is impossible. But carelessness regarding our planet is senseless and self-destructive. Its magnificence is too long in the making to spoil for momentary considerations.

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We can build more junk yards and garbage dumps, and try to remediate soil, air, and water. But developing goods and services responsibly means accounting for all of their inputs, uses, and outputs in advance of production, eliminating toxicity, and recycling as much as we can.

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The earth provides an amazing bounty of life-sustaining goods. Yet for too long, we have overfished, overgrazed, over-harvested, and excessively extracted. This is "the tragedy of the commons." Let's begin a dialog about how to transform that tragedy into a triumph of social cooperation.

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The ultimate supply chain for most goods is so complex as to defy comprehension. Responsible suppliers cannot satisfy impossible standards of environmental accountability, but through thoughtfulness and judiciousness, can operate more effectively through measures that conserve resources and minimize waste.

Toward a better future

Nearly everyone can cite examples of environmentally-irresponsible business practices from the past, including some that were horrific. We can even anticipate that some of what we consider to be best practices today will, at some point in the future, prove ill-advised, if not absurd. Such is the nature of progress. We learn, we improve, and we move forward.

Inadequate definitions of property likely account for much of the irresponsible conduct. Rarely do individuals dump garbage onto the property of their neighbors. But where property rights are ill-defined, bad acts become more likely.

Yet wise property law develops over decades, even centuries. At today's scale of industrial production, we don't have the luxury of waiting for such law to develop. Each of us must act of our own initiative to curtail environmentally-harmful practices. Fortunately, these actions generally accord with better, more efficient business operations.

As a new firm, Fieldgram has the opportunity and the obligation to act responsibly from the outset. We are committed to doing so. To the extent we can productively reduce fuel consumption and the emissions that follow, and help others do so, we not only help our firm's economy and the economy at large, but also the environment. If we can contribute to reductions in fertilizer use while preserving or even enhancing nutritional values, we will all be better off. Similarly, doing what we can to prevent the spread of noxious weeds is good business and sound ecological practice.

We will use this space to keep you posted on our progress and commitment to responsible operations.