Fafard Earns Veriflora Certification

October 21, 2011 - 14:02

Conrad Fafard Inc., a subsidiary of Syngenta, announced it has received the Veriflora certification for responsible horticultural peat moss production and peatlands management, allowing it to begin offering certified peat moss products.

Conrad Fafard Inc., a subsidiary of Syngenta, announced it has received the Veriflora certification for responsible horticultural peat moss production and peatlands management, allowing it to begin offering certified peat moss products. The Veriflora certification program recognizes Fafard for producing peat moss in compliance with rigorous environmental, social and product-quality standards. Fafard, an industry leader in supplying growing mixes for professional ornamental growers and home gardeners, uses peat moss in formulating most of its blends.

"Receiving the Veriflora certification is very important to Fafard because it demonstrates our commitment to meeting America's most comprehensive sustainability standards to address industry and grower needs," said Bruce Adams, Fafard head of operations. "This certification elevates us in the industry and demonstrates our concern for day-to-day operations, our producers and ensuring we produce the highest quality products possible. It also validates our long-term commitment to treating our workers fairly and being a good citizen in our communities."

To meet the Veriflora certification, peat moss producers must meet stringent requirements that include:

  • restoring carbon-accumulating wetland ecosystems (peatlands)
  • reducing the environmental footprint during production
  • conserving resources and energy
  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • minimizing residual materials sent to landfills
  • meeting product quality, safety and purity standards
  • stimulating innovation
  • ensuring fair labor practices and community benefits

The certification process involves detailed on-site inspections, document audits, in-depth interviews and annual follow-up to maintain the certification.

For more information, go to www.fafard.com.

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