New Baseline Report 2014: Biodiversity in Standards and Quality Labels of the Food Industry
The Lake Constance Foundation and the Global Nature Fund have checked 19 national and international standards and labels for the food industry in their study. The focus of the research was the question how far the existing biodiversity criteria really tackle the critical points and where urgent action in the development of the labels and standards is needed.
So far, the standards of the
food sector have not been systematically tested yet, if and how biodiversity is
taken in account in the cultivation of raw materials and livestock. In a first
step 19 labels were tested with regard to biodiversity. The results were
recorded in a baseline report and will be used as the basis for recommendations
for standards. In the next step, the recommendations are drawn up together with
the standards. As a result of the study the main findings make statements regarding
the use of terms of biodiversity, the scope of standards, the effects on
biodiversity and the monitoring of the standards.
- Terms that are used by the standards are often
only vaguely or not at all defined.
- The scope of the certification should be
increased: not certified operating branches must meet a minimum of
- The positive effects on biodiversity must be more
taken into account, for example by criteria which define the minimum size
of the ecological structures and the quality of the measures. Here, the
regional specificity should be also taken into account.
- The monitoring of the standards should also
include an analysis of the initial situation, so that effective criteria
can be developed and the effects of measures can be demonstrated.
Baseline Report 2014:
Biodiversity Criteria in Standards and Quality Labels for the Food Industry.
Homepage: Biodiversity in
Standards of the Food Industry (only available in German)
Tags: Biodiversity Check | European B&B Campaign | Agriculture and food
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