Sustainability, tropical plantations - DE Naturland Standards 2005
Sustainability in plantations with tropical crops has to be ensured by the creation of agroforestry systems with extended biodiversity and specific measures to avoid soil erosion. Organic wastes have to be recycled in the agricultural production system and effluents from the wet-processing of coffee have to be purified.
(NL standards on production, Part B.VIII. Permanent tropical plantations:
3. Sustainability of the cultivation system
4. Special processing methods
The NATURLAND standard is more detailed than the EU Regulation 2092/91. The requirements to avoid erosion and enhance biodiversity are not explicitly mentioned within the EU Regulation. Specific requirements of organic tropical cultivation systems are not regulated.
This refers to the ecological principle of organic farming.
Tropical farming systems are of increased ecological vulnerability.