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Organic certification of bananas










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    Support for Development of Organic Farming Systems & Agro-Ecotourism for Small Farmers Communities in the Southern Mekong River Provinces - TCP/VIE/3703 2023
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    There is a global concern over environmental and ecological degradation and the associated health and environmental hazards arising out of agricultural production systems that are heavily dependent on chemicals Organic agriculture ( is a holistic production management system that promotes and enhances agroecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles, and biological soil activity by using agronomic, biological, and mechanical methods, as opposed to synthetic materials, to fulfil any specific function within the system.
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    Good Agricultural Practices for Bananas 2017
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    Global G.A.P is a global standard aiming to ensure the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices in primary production. The fundamental objective of Global G.A.P is to promote safe and sustainable agricultural production worldwide, setting voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products. It addresses issues such as food safety, environmental protection, safety, health and welfare of workers, and traceability. In 2014 Global G.A.P reported more than 139,000 certified produc ers in more than 118 countries, and more than 1600 auditors and inspectors working for 141 accredited certifiers . In the banana production case, the standard for fruits and vegetables is applied. This covers all stages of production, including pre-harvest, soil management and applications of plant protection products as well as the processes of post-harvest, packaging and storage. Under the standard of fruits and vegetables, in 2016, Global G.A.P reported more than 160,000 certified producers in 124 countries . In 2011, the area (ha) of certified bananas represented 9% of the total certified area across all open field crops, and approximately 6% of the total number of certified producers.
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    Organic Agriculture's Contribution to Sustainability 2013
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    Sustainability is about ecosystem integrity, social well-being, economic resilience, and good governance. According to the current state of knowledge and development, how does organic agriculture contribute to each of these sustainability dimensions? Sustainability has first been equated with environmental soundness in order to ensure the continued provision of goods and services to present and future generations. Organic agriculture, as defined by the Codex Alimentarius Commission , "is a holistic production management system that avoids use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and genetically-modified organisms, minimizes pollution of air, soil and water, and optimizes the health and productivity of interdependent communities of plants, animals and people."

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