Project Chain Transparency 2.0

Sustainability in the horticultural sector is becoming increasingly important. Corporate social responsibility and respect for people and the environment are perhaps the 'licenses to produce' in the future. Anthura therefore joined the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative, or FSI (www.FSI2020.com) at the beginning of 2017.

An important reason for choosing this initiative was the start of a three-year chain-wide project known as 'Chain Transparency 2.0'. This project aims at reducing the consumption of crop protection products throughout the entire chain (in terms of both kilograms and toxic load) and reducing the quantities of residue (number of active substances in mg/kg and toxic load). Toxic load indicates the environmental impact and/or the environmental risk. In addition, improving transparency and communication in the chain is an important objective.

In this project, Anthura is working under the direction of MPS together with the breeders Dümmen Orange, Floricultura, Van der Salm Boskoop and a number of growers who cultivate the starting material. The chains of the Anthurium pot plants, Phalaenopsis pot plants, Miltonia, Dendrobrium, Chrysanthemums cut flowers and Kalanchoe are followed 'live' from young plants/cuttings to the end product. This means that consumption records are monitored and various samples are taken at the different links in the chain. Other suppliers (including Koppert Biological Systems) and the trade and retail sectors are also involved in the project.

The three-year project finishes at the end of 2019, but so far it has produced the following insights for Anthura and its participating clients:

  • Insight into the possible presence of indirect routes, as a result of which crop protection products and residues can end up on the product. This could include, for example, drift coming in through the vents, the presence of residues in the substrate or contamination of basin water;
  • Insight into the decomposition times of crop protection products used and which residues, if any, are transferred to the various links in the chain. The products have been sampled every eight weeks, from young plant to final product. Based on these insights, it can be decided, for example, to use a crop protection product with a long decomposition time earlier in the chain so that there is no residue present on the flowering end product.

Soon the third and last batch, from young plant to flowering product, will be completed for pot Anthurium and Phalaenopsis pot plants. The remaining time of the project will be used to gain more insight into which parts of the plant (flower, stem, leaf and root) and substrate the crop protection products are absorbed and in what proportions. In addition, water management on farms will be further examined and sampled.

As well as the current MPS-ABC and MPS-GAP certifications for all our locations, we have also obtained the MPS ProductProof certificate for the Phalaenopsis product group in order to implement and follow up the above project. The MPS certificates MPS-ABC and MPS-ProductProof are essential because they ensure good registration and analysis records while at the same time stimulating the transition to more sustainable cultivation.

If you have any questions or need additional information about the Chain Transparency 2.0 project, please contact Robert Kuijf, Product Manager Orchids (rk@anthura.nl).