An MPS-ABC sustainability certificate was awarded to a North American grower for the first time last week, when D.S. Cole Growers in Loudon, N.H., earned the distinction.
MPS is active in more than 50 countries. U.S. greenhouse growers began expressing interest in MPS certification last summer, when a group of companies started with registration for MPS-ABC certification.
MPS-ABC works like a rating scale, indicating the level of sustainability of your operation’s management. The rating scale goes from 0 to 100 points, and a company’s score is determined four times a year based on its use of fertilizers, energy and pesticides, and its management of waste.
In some countries, water use is also taken into account. The total usage of a company is compared to requirements and standards. Companies with lowest usage are rated highest.
“The MPS-ABC certificate is a very valuable management tool,” says Doug Cole, president. “MPS-ABC works like a rating scale, indicating the level of sustainability of your operations management. It is a rating assessment of your company. The certificate has fully proven its value in the market.
“Worldwide every day thousands of flowers and plants which are MPS-ABC certified are sold. I am very pleased that American growers now also can provide MPS-ABC certified flowers and plants. The interest in sustainability in the U.S. is remarkable and still growing. Therefore, I expect that many U.S. growers will have their companies certified for MPS-ABC, as well.”