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item Reicosky, Donald

Submitted to: Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/12/2005
Publication Date: 8/12/2005
Citation: Reicosky, D.C. 2005. Conceptos para un programa de certification en siembra directa. In: Proceedings of the XIII AAPRESID Congress, August 9-12, 2005, Rosario City, Argentina. p. 301-314.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Conservation agriculture and agricultural carbon (C) sequestration may be one of the most cost-effective ways to slow processes of global warming. Numerous environmental benefits may result from agricultural activities that sequester soil C and contribute to environmental security. As part of no-regret strategies, practices that sequester soil C help reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and promote sustainable and less chemically-dependent agriculture. A clear understanding of social, economic and environmental benefits of direct seeding (DS) in conservation agriculture (CA) requires some form of standard for agricultural production. It is no longer enough for meat and vegetables to look and taste fresh, but it is more and more important to know where the food came from, how it was produced, and who was involved in the various phases of the production chain. Consumers will expect and require certification of the standards. There is a need to develop an international "certification program" for crops produced under CA with specific emphasis on direct seeding or no-till production methods. The success of the implementation and certification process requires commitment from all levels and functions of the farm production system, especially from the farmer to the consumer. Different types of certification strategies are being implemented in developed countries; however, concern for the acceptance and maintenance of such systems in developing countries remains questionable. The certification strategy in the examples is comprehensive and embraces the entire food sector: producers, advisory organizations, production input industry, food industry, trade, research, education, management, and consumers. The sum of each individual benefit from certification adds to a total package with major significance on a global scale. Incorporating a DS certification system and C storage in CA planning demonstrates concern for our global resources and presents a positive role for CA that will have a major impact on our future quality of life.