Why are Farm Sustainable Assurance Schemes important?
Today consumers want to be sure that the food they buy is of high quality
and is produced in a sustainable and ethical way. Farm Sustainable
Assurance Schemes aim to provide this reassurance. Additionally,
the schemes greatly assist producers and processors in promoting
and marketing their produce. Bord Bia’s Farm Sustainable Assurance
Schemes are developed in response to the sustainability demands of
the marketplace (e.g. shoppers, retailers and international customers).
These purchasers of Irish food demand proof that the products are of the
highest quality and that the food is produced sustainably on farms that
are certified members of an accredited Farm Assurance Scheme.
These schemes are based on food quality and sustainability principles
which involve transparency, food safety, environmental, social and
Objectives of Farm Sustainable Assurance Schemes
The schemes have been designed
to assess farming practices and
record data to demonstrate the
sustainability of Irish farming in a
systematic way at an individual farm
level. This can provide the necessary proof to customers that Irish farm
produce has been produced under sustainability and quality assurance
criteria. The central scheme objectives are:
• To demonstrate to customers that food and drink products are
produced under an accredited scheme;
• To provide a uniform mechanism for recording and monitoring:
- farm quality assurance criteria and;
- the sustainability criteria of the farm.
• To set out the criteria for best practice and continuous improvement
in sustainable farming production;
• To provide an ongoing means of demonstrating best practice at