The organic associations Naturland (Germany) and Bio Suisse (Switzerland) will collaborate more closely in the future in their international activities. The collaboration focuses on sustainable water management and social responsibility, two aspects essential to a comprehensive understanding of sustainability that goes beyond the legal requirements of organic farming.
Balz Strasser (left) and Stephen Reese (right). Photo: Frédéric Mayer.
“The scarcity of water resources is a global problem exacerbated by climate change. Global challenges can only be tackled successfully together. It is therefore an important signal that Bio Suisse and Naturland, with their importance in global organic farming, are now joining forces, ”said Stephen Rees, Managing Director of Naturland, about the cooperation.
Balz Strasser, Director of Bio Suisse: “The strategic partnership with Naturland will take the control of social conditions on our international farms to a new level. In addition, our associations will work together to advance social and social issues in organic farming.
Guidelines for sustainable water management
Regarding sustainable water management, the two organizations harmonized their existing guidelines and developed a common water management plan for certified farms in areas with low water resources. In addition, a common directive has been developed to serve as a practical tool for agricultural enterprises to improve their water management. The aim is to ensure that this natural resource is used in moderation and to raise awareness of the increasingly acute water shortage.
In this way, the farmer can understand and respect the standards set by Naturland and Bio Suisse for organic farming in regions where water resources are scarce. The guide will initially be published in five languages (German, English, Spanish, Italian and French). Other common developments in this area are also planned.
Joint training of inspectors
Naturland has been a leader in social responsibility for almost 20 years, with the association also monitoring the working conditions of all employees on farms certified to its own standards. As part of the collaboration, Bio Suisse will implement this control system developed by Naturland and will thus considerably improve its control mechanisms. The two groups are also planning joint training activities for inspectors and further closely coordinated development of activities and standards.
Naturland and Bio Suisse are carriers and guarantors of high quality organic standards (Naturland / Naturland Fair and Knospe) which go beyond the legislation on organic production and are, for example, also a leader in terms of biodiversity and welfare. to be animal. Naturland and Bio Suisse cooperate internationally with several thousand organic producers and thus promote organic farming beyond their national borders.
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