where we are now
Every grower wants strong plants that are free from pests and diseases. To achieve that, they use natural predators preventatively to protect against harmful insects. We require our growers to use at least 75% natural predators and green products to protect their crops against pests and diseases.
But sometimes that’s not enough. In that case, a grower may need to protect their crop with a chemical product. All our growers comply with the PlanetProof standard for the quantity of active ingredients per hectare.
how we tackle this
There are many different ongoing crop protection initiatives within our cooperative. Below are some examples.
At Growers United, all our aubergine, sweet pepper, and cucumber growers and more and more of our tomato growers are PlanetProof certified. This is an independent quality mark for more sustainable products. It proves that you are buying a product that has been produced more sustainably and is therefore better for nature, the environment, the climate, and animals.
our most industrious
Our tomatoes, aubergines, cucumbers, and sweet peppers are also known as fruit vegetables. Every fruit starts out as a flower. Bumblebees pollinate every flower seven days a week – without missing out a single one. In this way they ensure perfect pollination, which in turn results in the most beautiful fruits.
our most industrious
way we grow
At Growers United we are running a pilot entitled ‘Growing Greener’. The aim of this pilot is to enable us to grow green all year round – in other words, without the use of chemical crop protection. This is an important subject, as the demand for green products is constantly on the rise.
In this pilot, our tomato grower Marcel van den Berg succeeded in using no chemicals at all in his greenhouse throughout the whole of 2019. He uses natural predators preventatively and only uses green crop protection products. Marcel was supported and advised in this by specialists from crop protection product suppliers Van Iperen and Bayer.
On the back of this success, the pilot was extended to three growing sites in 2020.