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What is organic agriculture?

Organic agriculture is a holistic production management system which promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity. It emphasises the use of management practices in preference to the use of off-farm inputs, taking into account that regional conditions require locally adapted systems. This is accomplished by using, where possible, agronomic, biological, and mechanical methods, as opposed to using synthetic materials, to fulfil any specific function within the system." (FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission, 1999).

Organic agriculture systems and products are not always certified and are referred to as "non-certified organic agriculture or products". This excludes agriculture systems that do not use synthetic inputs by default (e.g. systems that lack soil building practices and degrade land).

  • Consumer or market-driven organic agriculture. Products are clearly identified through certification and labelling. Consumers take a conscious decision on how their food is produced, processed, handled and marketed. The consumer therefore has a strong influence over organic production.
  • Service-driven organic agriculture. In countries such as in the European Union (EU), subsidies for organic agriculture are available to generate environmental goods and services, such as reducing groundwater pollution or creating a more biologically diverse landscape.
  • Farmer-driven organic agriculture. Some farmers believe that conventional agriculture is unsustainable and have developed alternative modes of production to improve their family health, farm economies and/or self-reliance. In many developing countries, organic agriculture is adopted as a method to improve household food security or to achieve a reduction of input costs. Produce is not necessarily sold on the market or is sold without a price distinction as it is not certified. In developed countries, small farmers are increasingly developing direct channels to deliver non-certified organic produce to consumers. In the United States of America (USA), farmers marketing small quantities of organic products are formally exempt from certification.

  • Weblinks:
    Oficial website of the European Comissionde.- https://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/organic/index_en
    Organic Standards - INFO.- http://ww1.organic-standards.info/en/
    ISO Norms of production - EN.- https://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/organic/eu-policy/eu-rules-on-production_en

    Why IFS FOOD – certification is so important for us?

    IFS Food is a standard for the auditing of companies that process food or companies that pack loose food products. IFS Food is only applied where the product is "processed or handled", or if there is a danger of product contamination during the primary packaging.

    IFS Food is applied to:

  • processing and working and/or
  • handling of loose products and/or
  • activities undertaken during the primary packaging.

  • Enlaces externos:
    Oficial website of IFS.- http://www.ifs-certification.com
    Documents of Standards.- https://www.ifs-certification.com/index.php/en/standards/251-ifs-food-en
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    GLOBALG.A.P. – The Worldwide Standard for Good Agricultural Practices

    ¿What is GlobalGAP?

    GLOBALG.A.P. is a farm assurance program, translating consumer requirements into Good Agricultural Practice. EurepGAP is a common standard for farm management practice created in the late 1990s by several European supermarket chains and their major suppliers. GAP is an acronym for Good Agricultural Practices. The aim was to bring conformity to different retailers' supplier standards, which had been creating problems for farmers. It is now the world's most widely implemented farm certification scheme. Most European customers for agricultural products now demand evidence of EurepGAP certification as a prerequisite for doing business.

    GLOBALG.A.P. Certificate to demonstrate your commitment to advancing Good Agricultural Practice to our retailers and buyers.

    ¿Why is Global GAP certificación so important for us?

    This standards helps us to reach out a high quality product with good agricultural practice:
  • Food safety and traceability.
  • Environment (including biodiversity).
  • Workers’ health, safety and welfare.
  • Quality Management System (QMS)
  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)

  • Enlaces externos:
    Web oficial de Global GAP.- https://www.globalgap.org
    How buyers can be benefit from GLOBALG.A.P. certification.- https://www.globalgap.org/uk_en/buyers/

    BRC Global Standard for Food Safety

    ¿What is BRC Global Standard for Food Safety?

    Now in use around the world, BRC Global Standard for Food Safety was developed by UK retailers and suppliers in the late 1990’s to consolidate a wide variety of food management standards to make compliance easier for food businesses large and small. Published in January 2015, the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety, specifies the food safety, quality and operational criteria required to be in place within a food manufacturing organisation to fulfil legal compliance and the protection of the consumer.

    Why choose the BRC food safety standard?

    Our benefits:
  • Globally recognized and GFSI benchmarked.
  • Recognized by retailers around the world, reducing the burden of multiple audits.
  • Reduced product recalls, complaints and rejected products.
  • Increases customer confidence, opening new market opportunities.
  • Clearly defined risk-based requirements.

  • Enlaces externos:
    Web oficial de BRC Global Standard for Food Safety.- http://www.brcglobalstandards.com