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News | Feb 03 2020

Plátanos de Canarias Certifies its Carbon Footprint

This fruit is one of the most sustainable products in its category and growers are also committed to the efficient use of resources and soil conservation.

Plátanos de Canarias. Photo by: ASPROCAN.

The Association of Canary Islands Bananas (Asprocan) is showing its strong commitment to environment as it has become Spain’s first primary subsector to certify its carbon footprint from start to finish, from production to distribution and sales nationwide.

This isn’t the first time this sector has taken the lead and aimed to set an example when it comes to the environment. Several years ago, Canary Island bananas were the first segment to certify the accuracy of their GHG emissions calculation during cultivation, distribution and maturation.

Canary Island bananas actually have a very low carbon footprint value of just 195.15 grams of CO2 per kilos of fruit; as a result, it’s one of the most sustainable products in its category.

Growers are dedicated to soil conservation, efficient use of resources and effective management of plagues, which help them achieve such positive results. It’s also worth noting that these growers’ international rivals are known to use phytosanitary products regularly as well as monitoring systems that do not conform to European standards.Several years ago, Asprocan established a protocol for producers, the goal of which is to produce a quality product while taking into consideration food safety, workplace health and safety, and environmental protection.

There are more than 8,000 Plátanos de Canarias growers at the moment and over 1,000 companies that sell and distribute the fruit. Moreover, they’re consumed in more than 16 million households in Spain.

Plátanos de Canarias. Photo by: ASPROCAN.

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