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Table 1

Rede Ecovida certification standards. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.248.t1

Required practices
  • Farmers must reduce dependency on external inputs (e.g., purchased fertilizers or pesticides);

  • Water sources must be protected by riparian buffers;

  • At least 20% of native forest must be preserved on the property;

  • Biodiversity must be increased (or maintained);

  • The use of purchased inputs (e.g., organic pesticides or fertilizer) should not be used if a pest or weed problem can be addressed through appropriate soil or fertilization management such as cover cropping, crop rotation or the use of straw mulch;

  • Only organic seeds may be used;

 
Encouraged practices
  • Erosion prevention techniques to protect soil;

  • Agroforestry;

  • Integration of animal production and vegetable production systems;

 
Required practices
  • Farmers must reduce dependency on external inputs (e.g., purchased fertilizers or pesticides);

  • Water sources must be protected by riparian buffers;

  • At least 20% of native forest must be preserved on the property;

  • Biodiversity must be increased (or maintained);

  • The use of purchased inputs (e.g., organic pesticides or fertilizer) should not be used if a pest or weed problem can be addressed through appropriate soil or fertilization management such as cover cropping, crop rotation or the use of straw mulch;

  • Only organic seeds may be used;

 
Encouraged practices
  • Erosion prevention techniques to protect soil;

  • Agroforestry;

  • Integration of animal production and vegetable production systems;

 

Source: Rede Ecovida de Agroecologia, 2004.

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