WHAT IS INTEGRATED PRODUCTION
Ecologically and stably
The classic way of growing vegetables focuses on the production, the overall result and the quantity produced. Organic production focuses on the process of growing and the final quantity of the production cannot be influenced. The golden mean between these two approaches is the integrated vegetable production, which uses environmentally safer practices, while still aiming for stable production. It reduces chemical interference and prefers and mechanical processes. It uses methods that have already been in use by our ancestors. Keeping records of weather conditions and adherence to crop rotation helps to reduce the presence of different plant diseases and pests.
The monitoring of harmful organisms is also an important part of integrated vegetable production, the use of recognized seed and planting material as well as balanced fertilization for an optimal supply of soil nutrients all result in the healthy development of plants. Integrated production employs sustainable farming practices. Pesticides are not used preventively, but only as the last possible option. The crops and soil samples are checked regularly for nutrients and for any occurrence of heavy metals. The final products are also checked for heavy metals, nitrates, and pesticide residues.
GlobalGAP is an internationally recognized set of agricultural standards for good agricultural practices (GAP). Through certification, producers and farmers can demonstrate their commitment to the GlobalGAP standards.
A GlobalGAP certificate gives customers and retailers certainty that the products they buy have achieved an acceptable level of safety and quality and have been produced in an admissible way, respecting the health, safety, and well-being of workers, the environment, and the health of animals.
How to produce food ecologically?
Integrated agriculture favours organic practices while still not giving up on minimal crop protection.