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The Advantages of GLOBALGAP Certification for Farmers and Food Producers

Posted on 02. May, 2016 by in Nutrition

If you are a farmers or food grower then you likely have many pressures from retailers, consumers and legislators to produce food using environmentally safe practices. You may be required to demonstrate that you use farming and production methods that decrease the effect of farming on the sea and land environment. Many environmental groups are challenging farmers to reduce pesticide and other chemical use and to be conscious when using natural resources. In addition farmers and producers must also safeguard the well-being of farm animals, sea life and workers.  Food producers are constantly challenged to demonstrate that they are committed to good agricultural and commercial fishing practices. One way to do this is with Global G.A.P. Certification. This certification has become vital for gaining access to the market.

What is GlobalGAP?

GlobalGAP is a private certification body that develops voluntary standards for the certification of production processes in agriculture. These standards are based on a set of farm standards that are internationally recognized as being devoted to practicing Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). By obtaining certification, farmers and producers demonstrate to consumers and others that they adhere to GlobalGAP standards throughout the entire production process.

The GlobalGAP standard addresses consumer concerns about food safety. It demonstrates that food is produced in a way that reduces the negative environmental impacts of this activity by reducing the use of chemical and using environmental protection. It also promotes the safety and good health of workers involved and provides animal welfare.

GlobalGAP certification provides assurance that food has been grown using recognized levels of quality and safety. It also ensures that it has been produced sustainably in a way that respects the health, the environment and the welfare and safety of workers and animals.

What Happens If My Farm Does Not Have GlobalGAP Certification?

Without GlobalGAP Certification, farmers may be refused entry to certain markets. Research has found that being GlobalGAP compliant helped farmers obtain higher revenues for crops. The process of becoming compliant also provided other benefits to the farmers such as access to training, information and credit. In addition it resulted in improved hygiene and farm safety.

 

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