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Overview of the Brazilian citriculture certification

By C. Turra, C. E. de F. Vian, F. A. G. Nielsen, P. S. Santos, L. F. de F. Penteado

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This study aims to characterize the different types of certification in the Brazilian citriculture as well as analyze the major changes in the market. The paper also has the objective to discuss how social and environmental factors influence the demand for food certifications and the sustainability and ethics aspects in the field. Therefore, a literature review on the subject was carried out as well as a qualitative research using interviews with certifiers, governmental institutions, farmers, cooperatives and producer associations. The certification is becoming mandatory for those working in foreign markets and for those working nationally; it can be a competitive differential. The organic certification in citriculture shows the highest number of growers. Companies with large areas of citrus and the orange juice processing industry are adhering to this certification in order to maintain themselves competitive in the market. There is an enormous potential of Brazilian citriculture certification, because the certified area is still less than 6% of the total area. Certification reduces the asymmetry of information and consists of an important step towards sustainability although incapable of solely guaranteeing it.

Publication Title Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics
Volume 27
Issue 4
Pages 663-679
ISBN/ISSN 0893-4282
Publisher Springer
DOI 10.1007/s10806-013-9484-5
Language English
Author Address Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ), Universidade de Sao Paulo, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil.christian.turra@gmail.com cefvian@esalq.usp.br flaviag@fia.com.br santoss.priscilla@gmail.com luispenteado@gmail.com
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  1. Agriculture
  2. Angiosperms
  3. Animal roles
  4. Brazil
  5. Certification
  6. Countries
  7. Crops
  8. Developing countries
  9. Ethics
  10. Flowers
  11. Fruits
  12. Horticultural activities
  13. Latin America
  14. Markets
  15. Plants
  16. Social psychology and social anthropology
  17. South America
  18. sustainability
  19. Threshold
  20. United States of America