The Fair to Nature™ Protocol defines the standards which a farmer must implement to become a certified Fair to Nature grower.
The standards prescribe the creation and maintenance of wildlife habitats (see Fair to Nature Habitats), creation of a Farm Environment Plan (see Farmer Requirements) and certain production requirements and pesticide restrictions (see below).
- Certain agrochemicals are prohibited having been identified as being harmful to wildlife (see Prohibited Pesticides list below)
- All farm treatments must comply with the provisions of the Voluntary Initiative www.voluntaryinitiative.org.uk
- Efficient and effective production methods must be employed in the production areas but these must not interfere with wildlife habitats or have a substantial detrimental effect on wildlife in the production areas
- Only non-genetically modified products can be used in the production of any crop or livestock product
In order to maintain the integrity of food products to Fair to Nature standards, certain pesticide inputs are prohibited where they have been judged by Fair to Nature as being harmful to the environment. Treatments are only allowed that combine the best of modern technology with concern for wildlife and biodiversity.
The following pesticides are prohibited from use on Fair to Nature farms:
- Organophosphate insecticides in crop production
- Methiocarb slug pellets
- Synthetic pyrethroid insecticides on cereal crops between 31st March and harvest, and any Fair to Nature habitat (except taufluvalinate)
- Certain in-store grain treatments
Pesticides may be prohibited either by the Protocol or by the processor contracted to buy the Fair to Nature raw material.
All matters relating to the Fair to Nature Protocol are reviewed annually by our advisory panel.