Labels in the agrifood industry and biodiversity: Food and Biodiversity

Actions of the project

Integration of pro-biodiversity criteria in current standards, regulations and certifications in the agrifood sector. 54 standards of the agrifood sector were analysed, as well as the requirements established by the agrifood companies in their supply chain, including initiatives at a regional, national, European and international level. The efficiency of their criteria and the requirements have been revised, as well as their transparency and verifiability. At a later stage, specific recommendations will be drafted for each of the most important sub-sectors of the European agrifood sector.

Tool for the assessment of biodiversity indicators. A simple and practical tool will be created to allow the implementation of the recommendations. The tool is designed to help technicians that work on certified farms with the aim of improving the situation of biodiversity, elaborating pro-biodiversity action plans and measuring the achieved progress. The tool will also be conceived to be used by the sector in the long term.

Training for certifiers, product managers and farmers. Training modules will be drafted for the different groups, certifiers, assessor and technicians from agrifood companies who are in charge of sourcing programmes and farm managers.

Pilot projects. Pilot projects will be implemented to test the recommendations for the sector, the suggested assessment mechanisms and the specific pro-biodiversity measures. The selected crops include winter cereals, woody crops, vegetable crops and pasturelands, both for meat and milk production. The lessons learnt will feed the product standards, sourcing guidelines and pro-biodiversity fact sheets developed during the project.

Communication and dissemination. Simple materials will be produced to disseminate the impacts and opportunities linked to biodiversity in the sector. Networking will also be essential, especially within the agrifood sector.

Biodiversity and agrifood labels

The loss of biodiversity is one of the biggest challenges of our times. Human activities are driving species loss 1000 times faster than it would have been under normal circumstances. Many ecosystems, which provide us essential resources, are at a risk of collapsing.

Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity is not simply an environmental issue but it is a key requirement for our nutrition, production processes, services and the overall quality of life. In combination with the agricultural sector, food producers and retailers have a great impact on biodiversity. Unfortunately, biodiversity protection does not lie in their main interests yet. In general, the interactions between human activity and biodiversity are complex. And due to this complexity, reducing negative effects on nature in the complete supply chain of a food product – from the field to the shelf – poses a challenge.

Standards and labels for the food industry help qualify certain attributes of a product and the process of production itself. They guide consumers with information about the quality of products, their footprint and impact on nature.

Food & Biodiversity is a European initiative that is developed in France, Germany, Portugal and Spain by  agoodforgood, Auf!, Bodensee-Stiftung, Fundación Global Nature, Global Nature Fund, Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa y Solagro. It is supported by the LIFE Programme of the European Union and the Ministry of Ecological Transition through Fundación Biodiversidad.

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Desde 1993 dedicados a la conservación de la naturaleza y la funcionalidad de los ecosistemas

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