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Lidl develops first biodiversity standard for conventional fruit and vegetable farming

The loss of biodiversity poses an existential threat to ecosystems. As a food supplier, Lidl is aware of its responsibility to preserve ecosystems.

Against this backdrop, Lidl is working with internationally recognized experts on sustainable food systems and agricultural experts to develop the first biodiversity focused cultivation standard for the conventional cultivation of fruit and vegetables in Europe. This standard is developed as an add on to the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Standard (IFA) and thus integrated into an established certification system.

In the future, the standard will be available to all market participants – from producers to distributors so that they can work effectively to protect biodiversity.

The team of experts includes Sustainable Food Systems GmbH (SFS) in the role of project leader, as well as the Global Nature Fund, Bioland the Lake Constance Foundation, representatives of agricultural producers and Nürtingen-Geislingen University. The multi-stakeholder approach takes into account different perspectives and accompanying measures and thus promises high acceptance.

The result of this process will be that, in the future, farmers will implement measures in their business activities based on a catalog of criteria, which will contribute to the preservation of biodiversity and thus to the protection of species diversity. The standard is expected to be available by the end of 2021.

With the development of the biodiversity add-on by GLOBALG.A.P. for conventional fruit and vegetable farming, Lidl is actively promoting the protection of biodiversity as part of its sustainability strategy. The project is part of Lidl’s ongoing work around biodiversity including its actions within the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan and developing an expanding organic range.

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