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Entre mai 2006 et avril 2007, Native a effectue un bilan des émissions de gaz a effet de serre (GES) de la filière biologique de l'Usine de Sao Francisco (UFRA). Cette évaluation a été réalisée selon le protocole GHG - modèle international pour mesurer les émissions - en considérant les effets de la culture de la canne et la production de sucre et d'alcool a l'usine. Compte-tenu qu'une partie de cette production est destinée a l'exportation, l'énergie nécessaire pour le transport de ces marchandises vers leur destination finale (USA, Europe, Japon) a également été prise en compte.

Les quantités d'émissions trouvées pour UFRA sont plus basses que les niveaux moyens d'émissions de l'industrie de la canne a sucre, du fait de ses méthodes de production biologiques. Comparée a la production de sucre a partir de la betterave en Europe ou au Japon, ou encore a la production de sucre a partir de la betterave ou du mais aux Etats-Unis, les écarts sont encore plus nets, car ces méthodes de production fonctionnent a partir d'énergies fossiles alors que UFRA utilise de l'énergie a base de bagasse de canne a sucre.
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Introduction

Certification seals bring trustworthiness to organic products: They are the assurance that these products were produced in accordance with the handling and quality standards required worldwide for organic products. They are only granted to production processes that use no chemical pesticides, industrialized mineral fertilizers or genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Additionally, such procedures must promote ecological balance in the farming fields, and the company should have a positive social and economic impact on the community where it operates.

São Francisco Sugarmill was the first one in Brazil to be granted international certification, back in 1997. Since then, we have secured other certifications, pursuant to the standards set forth by the European Union, the USA, and Japan, issued by respected and rigorous certifying agencies, which opened the markets in several countries to us. Our products currently feature the seals of the Instituto Biodinâmico (IBD) and of ECOCERT, a renowned European certification agency with activities in Brazil. Both inspect and certify organic products pursuant to international standards. We are also certified by ICS/Japan, in accordance with Japanese organic production standards.

The certification of a plant, animal or industrial production process states that the following work is done:

01. Periodic visits by an inspector to the production site;

02. Evaluation of the inspection report by a council made up of farmers, processors, academics, technicians, and consumer representatives;

03. Residual analysis to verify the product's level of purity;

04. Approval of the production unit in accordance with the organic quality standards.