It is in a central pillar entitled "Sustainable farming systems" that SAI Platform lists what it considers to be the main elements of sustainable farming. These include:
- Are varieties suited to the local climate, soil, pests & diseases being grown?
- Nutrients – how is crop nutrition calculated? How are nutrients stored considering environmental/safety risks?
- Pest management – Are all key pests known? Is IPM applied? Are pesticides stored safely & securely?