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To meet certification requirements, IBD has a specialized team of inspectors who oversee farms and production processes to verify that the product is being grown and / or processed in accordance with organic and biodynamic production standards.
Certification requires a range of precautions such as soil detoxification for 1-3 years for areas in transition from chemical to organic agriculture, non-use of chemical and pesticide fertilizers, compliance with ecological aspects (maintenance of Permanent Preservation Areas for recomposition of riparian forests) and the preservation of native and spring species, respect for indigenous reserves and social norms based on international labor agreements, humane treatment of animals and the Fair Trade Ecosocial Protocol, involvement with projects social and environmental preservation.
The certification process is of fundamental importance in enabling organic agriculture, being an important tool in the process of developing ecological and social awareness. In this sense, IBD, aware of its responsibility as a social transformation agent, has been funding support for research projects in the agricultural field and for advising and monitoring smallholder projects.
With constant monitoring, IBD works to promote the balance between economic activity and nature conservation. In the social and environmental certification protocols, major certified projects have reforestation and wildlife protection programs, such as the maintenance of native-essent nurseries for use in restoring riparian forests, ecological corridors and water resources protection, fire prevention in native vegetation areas and the creation of endangered animal species for later return to their habitat.
The certification has contributed to a process of profound transformations in the agricultural and industrial environment. Social responsibility actions are encouraged and companies are motivated to provide fair wages, decent working conditions, training and retraining, having a positive impact on raising workers’ quality of life.
Organic and socio-environmental agriculture has encouraged, among family farmers, the use of tree-based production systems, the so-called agroforestry systems, which have been presented as an alternative to ecological and energy sustainability.
In addition, the participation of small producers in the certification process is made possible, encouraging the creation of groups. Farmers are, admittedly in many cases, the maintainers of ecosystems, conserving and preserving forests, rivers, forests and wild animals.