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ATLANTA - Tree of Life, a leading specialty foods distributor, was among the eight commercial facilities lauded for their commitment to Integrated Pest Management (IPM), by Orkin, Inc. and The IPM Institute of North America.
The companies were named as recipients of the 2006 Gold Medal IPM Partner Awards. A food supplier was also among the companies honored: Endangered Species Chocolate of Indianapolis, Ind.
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IPM is an approach to pest management that stresses multiple methods of control, with an emphasis on minimizing pesticide use. The Gold Medal IPM Partner Awards specifically honor companies that have shown the greatest dedication to making IPM work at their sites through vigilant sanitation, prompt adherence to structural pest management recommendations, diligent record-keeping, and staff participation in IPM training sessions.
An awards jury of IPM experts selected the winning facilities from an elite group of 62 nominees throughout the United States and Canada.
All of the nominees employ Orkin's Gold Medal Protection, a comprehensive IPM service that emphasizes quality assurance and documentation.
Orkin and The IPM Institute came together in 2004 to introduce the Gold Medal IPM Partner Awards because they share a common interest in encouraging environmentally friendly practices.