"The following are abbreviated examples of possible guidelines used to guide management and facilitate certification. These are non-inclusive as presented and serve as samples. Certification programs require specific criteria and auditing."
The final destination of waste on the farm is administered and designed to minimize possible environmental and human health impacts.
The farm must have an integrated waste management program for the waste products it generates.
Integrated Waste Management and Climate Smart Agriculture
The Company commits to programs for managing waste according to its type and quantity, through recycling and waste reduction and reuse.
The final destinations of waste are designed to minimize environmental and human health impacts.
The Company commits to reducing climate-changing Greenhouse Gases, diminish its emissions of greenhouse gases and increase carbon dioxide sequestration.
Such practices include soil cover management, planting trees and other perennial vegetation, proper sourcing and management of fertilizers and fuels, management of effluent ponds and manure, proper waste management, use of clean technologies, improvement of energy efficiency, reduction in tillage, and participation in local or regional initiatives aimed at greenhouse gas reduction and carbon dioxide sequestration.
The main source of GHG – from cutting and burning forest to clear lands – is, prohibited.
Practices to reduce other sources of GHG include soil cover management, proper wastewater treatment to reduce or capture methane, best practices in agrochemical selection and application, use of clean technologies, recycling, using renewable energy, and energy efficiency. In addition, we reforest because of the many benefits of trees, including their ability to sequester carbon.
The Company further commits to:
Having an integrated waste management program for each operation, based on the concepts of reducing or refusing products with potential negative impacts, and reusing and recycling where possible.
Ensuring that there are properly designed and maintained destinations for all wastes on all operations.
Keeping farms clean and free of accumulated wastes of all types in order to maintain a positive image, and pride and well-being among workers.
Community program ensuring for all housings and surrounding areas clean and free of accumulated wastes of all types and also prohibiting burnings. Program started with socialization, education, community empowerment.
The use of open waste dumps and open-air burning of waste is not permitted. The burning of waste products is only allowed in an incinerator designed for that purpose, based on technical studies that determined the size, optimum location and control measures for minimizing the environmental and human health impacts related to its construction and operation.
The final or semi-permanent waste deposit areas on the farm must be designed and managed to reduce the risks of environmental contamination and damage to human health. Its location must be in accordance with applicable laws regarding distances from houses and other areas of human activity, water channels and sources, and conservation areas.