Preliminary Guide to the David Granatstein Papers 1993-2010

Summary Information

Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections
Granatstein, David.
Preliminary Guide to the David Granatstein Papers
Date [inclusive]
2 Linear feet of shelf space, 2 Boxes
(MASC staff use) 2-7-17-5
Collection materials are in English.
David Granatstein papers related to the Food Alliance and ecolabeling of agricultural products.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Preliminary Guide to the David Granatstein Papers, 1993-2010 (MS.2018.05)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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David Granatstein earned a B.S. degree from Cornell University and an M.S. degree from Washington State University. He joined the Washington State University faculty in 1993, working as a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist.

Historical note provided by the donor:

David Granatstein was one of the founders of The Food Alliance, based in Portland, Oregon. This began as a project funded by the Kellogg Foundation in 1995 to explore market incentives for adoption of more sustainable farming practices that offered a different path than organic certification. The project was a collaboration among Oregon State University, Washington State University, and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. The project led to the formation of Food Allinace, a 501(c)3 organization, housed in Portland with Deborah Kane as the first executive director. As of June 2018, it continues its work under the leadership of Matthew Buck.

Granatstein was involved in helping to develop the original standards with the members of the alliance, representing firms, processors, farm labor, environmental groups, and agencies. He also led the farm improvement activities in Washington State. Many of the source documents for the Food Allinace are included here, along with various iterations of the standards. There were a number of other "ecolabel" efforts at the time for food, and many more since. Documents from some of these other organizations as well as conferences on the topic are included in this collection.

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Scope and Content

David Granatstein papers related to The Food Alliance (based in Portland, OR) and ecolabeling of agricultural products. A detailed transmittal list is on file with the collection.

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The materials in this collection are grouped by topic: The Food Alliance, and Ecolabeling.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections  © 2020

Terrell Library

P.O. Box 645610

Pullman, WA, 99164-5610 USA


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open and available for research use.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply.

Acquisition Information

David Granatstein donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 2018 (MS.2018.05).

Processing Information

This is a unprocessed collection. Any arrangement reflects either a pre-existing order from the records' creators or previous custodians, or preliminary sorting performed by staff.

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Names and Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • Washington State University -- Faculty -- Archives.

Geographic Name(s)

Personal Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • Granatstein, David -- Records and correspondence.


  • Sustainable agriculture -- Northwest, Pacific.
  • Organic farming -- Northwest, Pacific.
  • Agriculture

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