Sustainable Development

Field to Fork Farm

Field to Fork Farm is a standard of good agricultural practices for the production and packaging of fruit and vegetables, prepared by Marks & Spencer, which is mandatory for all suppliers of this UK distribution company.

To better match the standard, products are grouped into four categories and each category has requirements for the different products. The definition of requirements for a given product depends on category to which it belongs:

  • Category 1 - Fruits and vegetables products that can be consumed raw, do not have a skin or shell that is removed before consumption and that presents higher risk or history of pathogenic contamination. It is the case of leafy vegetable, onion salad and fresh or frozen herbs.
  • Category 2 – Fuits and vegetables products that can be consumed raw, do not have a skin or shell that is removed before consumption and that presents higher risk or history of pathogenic contamination. As it happens with beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, zucchini, cucumber, melon, mushrooms, peas, radish, raspberry, strawberry and tomato.
  • Category 3 - Fuits and vegetables products that can be consumed raw, have a skin or shell that must be removed before consumption or grow away from the ground or do not present a significant risk or history of pathogenic contamination, such as apples, apricots, citrus fruit, cherry, garlic, grapes, green beans, kiwi, nectarines, pears, peaches, plums or dried fruit.
  • Category 4 - Fuits and vegetable products that are always cooked, like artichokes, asparagus, aubergines, Brussels sprouts, leek, potato, pumpkin or sweet potato.

The standard is divided into seven chapters and five of them are of mandatory verification:

  • Management System Quality and Traceability
  • Food Safety
  • Packing facilities requirements, which are verified in audit only if the organization has a facility for the packaging of the product
  • Organic Production - happens to be verified when the organization produces this type of organic products
  • Pesticides
  • Environment
  • Genetically modified organisms

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Tesco Nurture

The standard Tesco Nurture developed by Tesco, a distribution company in the UK, is mandatory for its entire suppliers.

This standard identifies the principles and practices that ensure that the production and handling of products systems are environmentally sustainable and responsible, when fulfilled by producers and packers of fruit and vegetables.

The Tesco Nurture standard defines requirements, according to an integrated management plan based on:

  • Rational use of plant protection products
  • Rational use of fertilizers and organic matter
  • Pollution prevention
  • Human health protection
  • Efficient use of energy, water and other natural resources
  • Recycling and reuse of waste
  • Wildlife and landscapes protection

 

 

 

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Forest Certification

Forest Certification Systems aim to foster and promote sustainable forest management, focusing on forest use without compromising their economic, social and environmental functions.

The Forest Certification applies to Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) and to the Chain of Custody or Responsability (COC). The GFS promotes the demonstration and monitoring of a coherent and balanced forestry. The COC aims to establish a connection based on verifiable information between the raw material and the final product. The COC, when implemented in conjunction with the GFS, constitutes a reliable and credible mechanism to provide customers with information about the origin of the raw material.

The Forest Certification must be understood as a tool to support the improvement of the productive, environmental and economic performance. Among the many advantages of these systems, we stand out:

  • Valuation and differentiation of forest products
  • Reduced costs and increased process efficiency
  • Improvement of the organization’s image towards market and society
  • Creation of new market opportunities (eg.: export)
  • International recognition
  • Continuous improvement of the organization and system
  • To implement a system of forest certification, the organization must:
    • Define a policy with objectives, taking into account legal requirements, economic, social and environmental aspects
    • Implement a system of sustainable forest management and improve it continuously
    • Demonstrate compliance before the policy set

 

FSC - Forest Stewardship Council

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) was founded in 1993/94 in Canada, with the goal of promoting an environmentally responsible, social and economically reliable forest management by establishing principles and criteria for forest management recognized and respected worldwide.

The choice of the Forest Certification System to adopt depends on the type of forest products produced and on the respective requirements of national and international marketing.

The FSC certifies the management of the forest area and its respective products. It can also be applied within two levels: individual or group.

 

PEFC - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) was founded in Europe in 1998/99, based on Pan-European criteria for sustainable forest management.

It is a program that promotes and recognizes national certification schemes, promoting sustainable forest management with environmental and social benefits, but ensuring their economic viability.

One of the normative references of PEFC Portugal is the IPQ’s Portuguese Standard 4406:2005 that defines standards and requirements for sustainable forest management.

The PEFC Portugal certifies the management of the forest area, being directed to the 2 main national products - wood and cork - and can be applied to three levels: individual, group and regional.

The choice of the type of Forest Certification System to adopt depends on the type of forest products produced and on the respective market requirements, national and international.

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Pedro Falcato

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References

"A young, dynamic and very competent team." Clara Roque do Vale (Monte da Capela)

GLOBALG.A.P.

GLOBALG.A.P is a voluntary implementation protocol, developed by the group EUREP - Euro-Retailer Produce Working Group, which had as its primary goal the recognition of the significant progress made by many producers in the development and implementation of agricultural systems, taking into account good agricultural practices, minimizing adverse impacts to the environment and worker protection.

Until the year 2007, the standard was named EUREPGAP, but given its international expansion, the name was changed to GLOBALG.A.P. in September of the same year. GLOBALG.A.P is a manual for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP - Good Agricultural Practices), that establishes a set of technical standards, which can be implemented on farms, in order to differentiate products, benefiting producers and organizations that have concerns about the environmental impact of this activity. Producers that combine protection techniques and integrated production with practical health and safety, ensure long-term sustainability of the agricultural activity.

The principles of GLOBALG.A.P scheme are based on the following concepts:

  • Food Safety: general principles of HACCP
  • Environmental Protection: Good Agricultural Practices of Environmental protection, in order to minimize the negative impacts of Agricultural Production in the Environment
  • Health, Hygiene and Workers’ Safety: as well as the awareness and responsibility in social matters
  • Animal Welfare (when applicable)

The GLOBALG.A.P certification can be obtained by:

  • A single producer
  • An organization of producers that establishes uniform rules for all products

 

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Good Agricultural Practices

Good agricultural practices are based on a sustainable use of natural resources in food agricultural production, based on three main rules:

  • Food safety
  • Environment protection
  • Human health protection

 

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Pedro Falcato

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