Fafard Gains Veriflora Certification For Its Peat Production
Syngenta's Fafard division earns an environmental thumbs up, which may allay concerns some ecologically-minded consumers have about peat.
November 9, 2011
Fafard has received the Veriflora certification for responsible horticultural peat moss and peatlands management, it reports. The certification allows Fafard to market its peat products as certified. Most of Fafard's blends include peat moss.
The Veriflora program is an extensive one that focuses on the expected environmental practices and also social and product-quality standards. "Receiving the Veriflora certification ... elevates us in the industry and demonstrates our concern for day-to-day operations, our producers," says Bruce Adams, Fafard head of operations.
Veriflora is run by Scientific Certification Systems, a third-party certifier. For Fafard peat moss to receive the certification, Fafard had to prove it restores wetland ecosystems, reduces its environmental footprint during production, conserves energy, reduces residual materials in landfills and ensures fair labor practices and community benefits. It's a long process to gain certification, says bog operations manager Ernie Basque.
Learn more about Fafard at Fafard.com. Learn more about VeriFlora at VeriFlora.com.