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Sustainability

Sustainability

Our commitment to sustainability

Our company is firmly committed to sustainability in an environment that we consider ourselves to be a part of, taking the utmost care of our relationship with nature and people, without which we wouldn’t exist. We carry out a set of activities, which mostly benefit our environment and also mitigate the impact of a farming activity which is necessary to feed the population and sustain an economic and social structure that grows around us. The activities we carry out are summarised below:

 

832 Tn of Net Co2 (*) eliminated from the atmosphere each year Our crops are LessCo2
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We eliminate Co2 from the atmosphere while also looking after you with healthy foods.

of Net Co2 (*) eliminated from the atmosphere each year
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We eliminate Co2 from the atmosphere while also looking after you with healthy foods.

Growing stone fruits captures a large quantity of Co2 from the atmosphere. In fact, this quantity more than compensates for the Co2 generated by the consumables, services and fuel needed to grow each kilo of fruit.

Via photosynthesis, our crops capture Co2 from the atmosphere and transform it into wood and leaves, which we incorporate into the ground by grinding it.

 

In 2011, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment of the Region of Murcia, in collaboration with the CSIC, developed a certification which uses precise calculations to be able to identify the impact crops have on Co2 levels throughout the entire production and supply chain. According to this certification, our company has a Net Balance of Co2 reduction of 832Tns each year.

For more information:  http://www.lessco2.es/lessco2.htm

Drip feeding the water drop by drop to farm the plantations and coming from sustainable sources.

Localised Drip Irrigation
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Our town has a thousand-year-old tradition of irrigated crops. The first crops on the banks of the Segura river date back to time immemorial and the numerous natural fresh water sources that can be found in the area.

 

The first water infrastructures date back to Roman times, which were later modified by the Arabs after the 8th century AD, with the building of the first canals (channels of earth, stone and other materials that enabled groundwater to be transported inside, taking advantage of the natural unevenness of the land, which is common in Cieza). These canals enabled the production of fruit and vegetables in the town to be increased significantly, which established farming as the main and traditional economic sector of Cieza.

 

After the major crisis and food shortages of the 20th century post-war period, in the 1950’s a new legislation was developed and drove new laws that enabled water to be used from the river to modernise farming. This enabled our town to be one of the main Spanish stone fruit growers and an international leader when it comes to this crop.

 

The origin of water on our irrigated land is mainly the Segura River and the Tajo-Segura Transfer. Once the water is in our farms, we dripfeed it, only using the essential amount of water required to grow the foods we sell.

of our own solar energy in 2022
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We are pioneers in the production of photovoltaic energy

We, and our members, have been producers of photovoltaic solar energy since 2009, with participations in different solar farms of the Region of Murcia.  Currently, we have various investments to supply our facilities with solar energy, thereby reducing the impact our company has on the environment and taking advantage of the abundance of sun in Murcia as a main natural resource in our electricity supply.

As a cooperative we create opportunities for many growers and their families. Small business owners that have generated a stable and quality economy for generations

Family businesses
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Family businesses
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Small business owners that have generated a stable and quality economy for generations

Our company generates opportunities for a large group of professionals that have joined us, the means for making their activity profitable. In addition, it also enables lots of small family businesses to be created that are stable and capable of generating social wealth in the medium and long term. These family businesses don’t relocate, they continue to operate for generations connected to the region.

 

 

Our company is formed mainly by farmers that have already incorporated the second generations of their families and constitute the most exciting future for our company. A guarantee of our cooperative’s continuity and endurance over time.

Labour Discrimination
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Labour integration of professionals of all ages, sexes, nationalities and levels of education.

Labour Discrimination
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Labour integration of professionals of all ages, sexes, nationalities and levels of education.

Our company creates work opportunities for committed professionals, without discriminating on grounds of sex, race, age or disability.

 

Each year, more than 1200 people work with us and our members, growing, packing and managing our products. Our company is certified in the GRASP module of Global G.A.P, complying strictly with all of the requirements of employment legislation.

 

Our company works with special Job Centres, which integrate people with disabilities into the workforce. For us, they are valuable employees, committed to the company and to carrying out their jobs.

 

A socially sustainable company and generator of opportunities for all.

Traps for pests each year
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We use non-chemical alternatives such as the sexual confusion of the most harmful pests for fruit trees, like Ceratitis Capitata (Mediterranean fruit flies).

Traps for pests each year
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We use non-chemical alternatives such as the sexual confusion of the most harmful pests for fruit trees, like Ceratitis Capitata (Mediterranean fruit flies).

Pests are one of the main reasons for the loss of crops and increase in costs of fruit for consumers. To prevent pests, we use 2 different strategies depending on the type of production, given that we are Stone Fruit Producers using the Conventional Farming and Organic Farming:


– Conventional Farming Production: We implement sustainable alternatives for pest control such as pheromone traps and sexual confusion, reducing the impact of conventional farming and competing with the environment to a minimum. We also use low impact pesticides which have been authorised by European health authorities for human safety, thereby achieving normal yields in our crops and being able to offer consumers our products with the maximum health and quality guarantees. Our technical department prescribes and advises producers about the handling of phytosanitary products, ensuring, as a team, that there is no waste which is potentially harmful to humans.


– Organic Farming Production: We carry out pest control based on pheromone traps, natural predators and treatments authorised by the Organic Farming Board of the Region of Murcia.

Microplastics
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We manage 100% of all agricultural use plastics for their recycling

Our company manages 100% of all agricultural use plastics for their recycling. The most commonly used plastics are:

Field containers, fertirrigation tubing, bottles and cans of chemicals and plastic bags of fertiliser.

 

We work in partnership with Sigfito, Innoplast and other waste management companies for this type of waste that help us to avoid polluting the environment with microplastics, in addition to giving the plastic we use many lives and, hence, discouraging the mass extraction of oil.

of paper and wood saved each year
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We sell more than 16,000 Tns of fruit in returnable packaging

We understand that our forests are the lungs of the planet and we discourage the mass and unregulated felling of them by using returnable packaging.

 

The returnable packaging that we use has a long life cycle and, for each packaging we use, we are able to save the environment from the use of more than 70 cardboard or wooden boxes.

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