The Plantum Sustainability Award has been won by Dümmen Orange with their protocol for sustainable cultivation with minimal use of pesticides. The award was presented on Friday, September 20th at the Annual General Meeting of Plantum, the trade association for companies working with seeds and young plants. The Plantum Sustainability Award is a trophy and is awarded each year to a different initiative. The prize is intended to motivate the members of Plantum to communicate more about their social activities and thereby to inspire each other.
This year Plantum Sustainability Award was won by Dümmen Orange. In cooperation with Koppert Biological Systems, they have a new protocol (Green Guard) for sustainable growing introduced with minimum use of plant protection products in floriculture. By producing cuttings with minimal pesticides, growers use biological control directly. This fits perfectly with integrated pest management. In this way, is working on a future with an eye for innovation and sustainability in which producers can produce a sustainable way to protect people and the environment.
Sustainability is our business affair. After all, with seeds and young plants and our specific knowledge and methods we can contribute to a healthier, more social, more durable and colorful making our world. Not only for the present, for the future generations.
The jury of Plantum Sustainability Award consisted of Jan Bom, editor of P + People Planet Profit, Marien Valstar, policy plant source at the Ministry of Agriculture, and Pieter Goudswaard, project Agrifood CSR Netherlands.
This year, fifteen submissions have been made for the sustainability award. These entries can be viewed HERE