Sustainability for food and agriculture
Food Alliance certification is for agricultural operations, food processors and distributors that:
- Protect, conserve and enhance soil, water, wildlife habitat and biodiversity
- Conserve energy, reduce and recycle waste
- Reduce use of pesticides and other toxic or hazardous materials
- Maintain transparent and traceable supply chains
- Support safe and fair working conditions
- Guarantee food product integrity, with no genetically engineered or artificial ingredients
- Ensure healthy, humane animal treatment
- Ensure continual improvement of practices
Five certification standards
- Crop Operations
The original Food Alliance sustainability standard for farms. Covers fruit, vegetable, and cereal crops.
- Livestock Operations
Covers beef cattle and bison, sheep and goats, grassfed ruminants, pigs, poultry and eggs, and dairy products.
- Farmed Shellfish Operations
Covers oysters, clams, mussels and geoducks.
- Nursery and Greenhouse Operations
Covers woody ornamentals, annuals, perennials, foliage plants, potted flowering plants and cut flowers.
- Food Handling Operations
Covers packing, processing, and distribution facilities.