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What's "Growing" On!

Rockwell Farms participates in the MPS-ABC environmental sustainability program.

Posted on 1/26/2015
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Rockwell Farms participates in the MPS-ABC environmental sustainability program. This program has over 4,000 growers in 55 countries around the world. Growers submit their use of water, energy, fertilizers and crop protection agents relative to the area in production and environmental zone of the growing areas. This information is tracked in a confidential database to give all grower participants a comparison of their use versus other similar growers around the world. With this information, growers decide what changes they wish to make in their production techniques which can lead to cost savings and better environmental practices.

The initials MPS stand for Milieu Programma Sierteelt, which means Floriculture Environmental Program. It is a non-profit organization, founded in Holland in 1995 by growers who were concerned about consumer opinions regarding the impact of growing on the environment.

MPS is much more than an environmental certification program.  It is a database of information, entered by each grower member from around the world, measuring their use of 5 inputs: energy, water, waste, crop protection agents (insecticides, fungicides, etc.) and fertilizers. Growers are compared to other growers in similar environmental zones (climates), growing similar crops.  Thus growers get a score 4 times a year, and charts and graph to help them understand how they compare. MPS then becomes a management tool for growers to study and decide what they want to do to improve their score, which means possibly using fewer or less toxic crop protection agents, fertilizers, and less water and energy, giving them a cost benefit to their bottom line. I should mention that an important feature of MPS is the audit, which verifies that the information entered by the grower is accurate. The first audit is done at the completion of one year of information and each year 1/3 of the growers are randomly selected for additional audits.

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