Sustainability Standard for Crop Operations
Food Alliance provides a sustainability standard which crop producers may use to evaluate management practices, measure social and environmental performance, or seek voluntary third-party certification.
What does the Standard Cover?
- soil and water conservation,
- integrated pest, disease and weed management,
- pesticide risk reduction,
- wildlife habitat and biodiversity conservation,
- safe and fair working conditions.
Where can I read the Standard?
Every Food Alliance Certified crop producer meets our Whole Farm/Ranch evaluation criteria as well as a set of evaluation criteria for each crop or product that is certified. Download the FA Sustainability Standard for Crop Operations.
Our crop-specific evaluation tools contain both fixed and variable evaluation criteria. Fixed criteria must be met to qualify for certification. Variable criteria are the basis for a point system that helps determine whether the farm or ranch meets the performance threshold for certification.
Food Alliance certification provides a trusted and independent third-party audit process for certifying socially and environmentally responsible management practices on farms and other crop production operations.
With certification, operations that grow and process food products are licensed to use the Food Alliance Certified ecolabel on qualified products. This comprehensive, supply chain-based approach to certification means Food Alliance Certified products meet high standards for social and environmental responsibility.