agricultural, forestry and livestock activities are included
among those with a greater economic, social and environmental
impact. To ensure the sustainability of the agricultural
activities, some endeavors innovated the concept of sustainable
agriculture, among these the Agricultural Certification.
The Agricultural Certification is undoubtedly
one of the stronger and more efficient strategies currently
applied. It is a mechanism of an economic, environmental
and social nature, encompassing the demands of the consumer
market and creating differential products in terms of
acceptance and price, differentiating products and producers.
In the process of evaluation and certification, rural
property or the product produced therein should be evaluated
within established standards based on sound scientific
information and free from ideological criteria. The sustainability
of agricultural ecosystems, the welfare of rural workers,
their social integration and the health of human and animal
populations should be the guiding principles for the certification.
Concerned about these principles, José
Carlos Grossi received the Agricultural
Certification in 2005. In his point of view,
conservation practices, the maintaining of the legal reserve
of native vegetation, good working conditions on farms
and protection of headwaters and margins of water bodies
are essential to good agriculture.
On farms that earned UTZ Certified and
Rainforest Alliance certifications, crop
management is done by closely following the procedures
established by the certifiers, respecting each of the
criteria contained in the manual of sustainable norms.
In all audits already undertaken, the farms received high
scores, showing the great commitment to good agricultural
and social practices.
The aim of the Agricultural Certificate Program
in José Carlos Grossi’s
farms is to recognize and encourage responsible agriculture,
ensuring compliance with social, environmental and economic
aspects of the properties, thus joining the adequacy of
the production systems with the protection of biodiversity
and socioeconomic improvement, not only on the farms themselves,
but also in regions where they are located. Ultimately,
certification helps in finding the balance between agriculture
and environmental conservation.