Because water is one of nature’s most valuable resources, Dole strives to manage it with care, efficiency and respect. The Company’s Management Systems are certified to ISO 14001 and also include water reduction goals.
Similarly, our research department is constantly exploring new agricultural techniques and processes that use less water. As a starting point, Dole implements Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) – guidelines for optimizing crop yields, while protecting the environment. For example, GAP’s recommendations for maximum water absorption include monitoring root health on a regular bases and improving soil structure through minimum soil compaction and tillage. Our research department also actively tests and implements more precise irrigation systems.