The main goal of the GLOBALG.A.P. revision process is to deliver a standard that will take into account producers’ practices and the risks presented. The unique challenges presented by vertical farming or produce grown in controlled environments will be addressed to ensure appropriate user experience.

As new technologies become viable in the fruit and vegetables sector, we must revise our standards to keep pace with innovation.

GLOBALG.A.P. and the FarmTech Society have identified the need for all stakeholders involved in the production of produce in controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) systems to form a working group at a pre-competitive level to address critical challenges facing the industry, such as climate change, consumer trust, and food security. The partnership will develop best-practice standards for the certification process, recognizing the need for a multidisciplinary/multi-stakeholder approach in developing a certificate – by and for industry stakeholders in CEA.

The partnership will strengthen the existing well-established foundation of the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) process by adding criteria for new technologies and cultivation methods, inserting dynamic data collection applications, and adapting to the potential of the digital era, keeping future options valid. Additionally, the group will focus on implementing real-time monitoring and data-driven solutions to facilitate the certification process, enabling transparency and traceability. Taking into consideration the limits in technology by engaging with growers, retailers, innovators, and proven experts in the supply chain, the certification target will enhance the advantages of the end products and differentiate in the marketplace.