In support of its environmental policy, Dole has implemented Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) – guidelines for conserving the environment through limited use of crop protection products. GAP ensures that the scope of Dole’s agricultural practices is in accordance with Integrated Crop Management (ICM) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM), in order to apply crop protection products on an “as necessary” basis. GAP also confirms that the desired degree of pest and disease control is implemented for maximum crop yields and minimum hazards to operators, nearby individuals, consumers and the environment.
One of the goals of Dole’s research department is to discover sustainable, environmentally-friendly, healthy and safe technologies that may improve production methods. GAP programs are shared with Dole’s independent growers to further all best practices in the industry.