All sources of contamination (pesticides and fertilizers, sediment, wastewaters, garbage, and fuels) are controlled.
Farms implement soil conservation practices such as planting on contours and maintaining ground cover.
Dangerous pesticides are prohibited. Agrochemical use is strictly regulated. Farmers use mechanical and biological pest controls to reduce toxicity and quantity of chemicals.
As deforestation is stopped, the banks of rivers are protected with buffer zones, critical ecosystems such as wetlands are protected and forest patches on farms are preserved.
Farm by-products such as un-marketable foliage are composted and returned to the fields as natural fertilizer. Other wastes, such as plastics, glass, and metals are recycled where possible.
Water conservation measures are applied in washing and packing stations, housing areas, and irrigation.
The certification program helps farmers organize, plan, schedule improvements, implement better practices, identify problems, and monitor progress.
Ensure that workers get fair wages, decent housing, clean drinking water, sanitary facilities, and a safe and wholesome work area. Workers and their families have access to schools, health care, transportation, and training.