More nature provides the best remedy
Our outdoor crops sometimes also attract insect pests and other infestations. If this happens, we have to intervene. We always do this with respect for the living organisms and the ecosystem. Biodiversity enables us to keep these interventions to the minimum.
Natural pest control
In the event of a disaster, we choose to follow our principles of integrated cultivation by restoring the natural balance in the environment through our interventions, in preference to using chemical pesticides. How do we do this in pratice?
Nature works with us
Insects are also necessary for the pollination of our plants, both fruit and vegetables. If the population of insects that is naturally present is not high enough to do the job, we even release bumblebees and honeybees.
As growers of fruit and vegetables, we are well placed to understand that biodiversity is not only cleaner for the environment, but also better value for us: working in harmony with nature lowers the costs and improves the yields.
Biodiversity, whatever the cost
Loss of biodiversity is a global problem that could cost us all very dear. Since 1970, 40% of all plant and animal species have vanished. The 'Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity' group has calculated that protecting nature can deliver 1,500 to 4,600 billion euro ... or not. The European Union set itself the objective in 2001 of stopping the loss of biodiversity by 2010. In March of that year, the 27 Member States reiterated that pledge, but the deadline had shifted to 2020. In the meantime, the realisation was growing that retaining biodiversity mostly calls for a local approach.
As Responsibly Fresh growers, we are happy to do our bit.