Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) are practices that address environmental sustainability and result in safe and quality food. In the last several years, many people have gotten sick from eating fruits and vegetables contaminated with dangerous pathogens. Contamination can occur at any point in the food system: during growing, harvesting, washing, or marketing, so it is important to follow Good Agricultural Practices at all times to ensure that harvesting, packaging and transport activities are conducted in hygienic conditions in order to deliver safe and good quality food to consumers.

BIGS 2018 will highlight food safety issues and spread awareness about good agricultural practices and steps consumers can take to make food safer to eat.