Sustainable/Level 2 Certification

The Need for Sustainable Agricultural Production
The world’s climate is changing. It's getting warmer. Fast.

Climatic zones are shifting. Many scientists say this is being caused by man-made carbon emissions. Some say its a natural change. One thing for sure: man-made or natural, human activities are not helping it, and are most likely accelerating climate change.

But the agricultural and environmental calamity is more than just a matter of the effects of warming on food production. Topsoil is being depleted. Groundwater is being contaminated. Man-made, non-biodegradable chemicals are building up in the soil, and water and oceans. And especially concerning, those chemicals are building up in our bodies.

garden pure organic field with tree The massive use of chemical, petroleum-based fertilizers (organophosphates) are driving up the release of tens of thousands of tons of carbon into the atmosphere daily. Organophosphates are known to be toxic to humans, birds, and mammals. They were the root of Nazi concentration camp nerve gases, and defoliating Agent Orange from Vietnam War. As soil is depleted by over-farming and lack of crop rotation, organophosphates use continues to climb nonetheless.

Half of the US topsoil has been lost since 1960. That’s 17 times faster than nature can create it.

Over 165 pesticides are known to be, or are suspected of being, carcinogenic (cancer-causing). Over 300,000 farm workers a year get acute pesticide poisoning. Most with lifelong results.

Soil bacteria needed for soil replenishing nutrients are extinguished by pesticides and herbicides, leading to sterile soils that can take a generation to undo. If then.

Over one million American children ingest unsafe amounts of fertilizers every year. Their long term prognosis: uncertain.

Genetically modified (GMO) plants are proliferating, even as honey bees needed for pollination die, and butterflies drop dead in droves nearly everywhere such plants are used.

Genetic diversity in crop plants has dramatically declined by 75% in the last century, leading to major risk of potential crop failures, should a virulent plant virus strike them.

Climate change. Topsoil depletion. Groundwater contamination. Non-biodegradable chemicals building up in the soil. The pervasive and expanding use of toxic organophosphates. 165 carcinogenic pesticides used on our food chain. Exposing of 300,000 farm workers to carcinogens each year. Sterile soils. A million children ingesting toxic pesticides. GMO plants upsetting nature’s careful balance. Genetic crop diversity dramatically declining.

Something’s got to give. This litany of assaults upon the environment, and upon ourselves and our children, is not sustainable.
No wonder the sale of sustainably produced foods is expanding over 10 percent a year. And there is no slowing of the healthy trend in sight.

Sustainability is based upon the principle that the needs of the present must be met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It depends on the philosophy of stewardship of both human and natural resources.

garden pure organic pineapple Stewardship of human resources means consideration of the social responsibilities to workers and laborers, including living conditions, living wages, health and safety, and educational issues.

Stewardship of natural resources means maintaining the land, the air, and water that goes beyond maintaining them, but enhancing their already degraded conditions.

These stewardships must be dealt with as part of integrated, interwoven, interdependent systems. They are the responsibilities of policy makers, farmers and laborers, packagers, shippers, wholesalers, retailers, and consumers. The point is to advance the entire system, each person, each organization, educating themselves and others as to how their small and large decisions and actions impact the whole world. Each person has a part to play. Each has an ability to make their own unique contribution to strengthen a sustainable agriculture community.

Brazil Products Company is whole-heartedly committed to sustainable operations. Due to the remoteness of its operations, and the large geographical area it covers, it will take many more months before it can document to certifying organizations its full compliance. Until then, it has Garden Pure Level 2 Sustainable Certification .

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