In addition to embracing the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at its primary production facilities, Dole has developed novel growing methods that provide consumers with more choices.
Dole’s organic program offers consumers an alternative to conventionally produced fruits and vegetables while continuing to meet the high quality standards that Dole fans have come to expect. For example, the Company’s Peruvian operations (known as COPDEBAN) are entirely organic and use environmentally sensitive or natural remedies instead of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
Today, Dole’s organic bananas are grown or sourced from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Peru, and organic pineapples make their way from Costa Rica.
Dole’s organic production areas are certified by independent certification agencies accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP), the European Union and Japan. Furthermore, all of these production areas receive audits from internationally recognized US- or EU-based independent certification agencies. In the United States, Dole’s ports have been certified as organic handling facilities since the NOP was enacted as federal legislation in 2002. In Europe, Dole Europe Import (DEI), as well as all port service providers that import and handle organics, have also been certified as meeting the European standards.
With the Program in place, Dole is able to evaluate current methods aimed at reducing the use of crop protection products, while also measuring their impact on yield, cost and environmental quality.