The Sustainable Agriculture Standard covers the environmental, social, labor and agronomic management of farms that cultivate crops included in the Sustainable Agriculture Network´s (SAN) Farm Certification Policy.
In 2010, the SAN published a newly formatted version of the SAN Standard for Sustainable Agriculture, July 2010.
This version represents formatting changes only, as it merges two documents - the April 2009 versions of the SAN Addendum and of the Sustainable Agriculture Standard. No changes have been made in the technical contents of the respective binding criteria of the SAN Addendum and the Sustainable Agriculture Standard. The Addendum was originally designed to enable the implementation of best practices on oil palm, sugarcane and soy plantations. It strengthens the SAN's definition of ecosystem and landscape conservation, energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and land use rights.
As of January 1, 2011, all the individual farms that cultivate crops included in Annex 2 of the Farm Certification Policy will be audited based on the July 2010 version of the Sustainable Agriculture Standard. Information on the standard for farm groups can be found here.
Farm standards and policies:
• Norme pour Agriculture Durable, Juillet 2010 (PDF, 832Kb) French version
• Standard für Nachhaltige Landwirtschaft, Juli 2010 (PDF, 917Kb) German version
Learn more about why the SAN prohibits genetically modified crops (PDF) on Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM Farms.
Comments or suggestions about the Sustainable Agriculture Standards can be sent via e-mail to email@example.com. Comments received will be considered in the next revision of the standard. The next version of the Sustainable Agriculture Standard will be submitted to public consultation in 2012-2013.