Working with our environment
Being the leading Israeli agricultural grower and exporter, we aspire to make the most of Israel's natural resources to supportour activities, and promote environmentally responsible agriculture. We are committed to preserving these resources, identifying and consistently measuring its environmental influence, minimizing its negative effects and avoiding any environmental damages for the benefit of the public and future generations.
Mehadrin manages all of its business activities, including agriculture, packing processes, storage cooling and distribution according to sustainability methods. We are consistently and continuously examining and measuringthe environmental effects in the arena of energy use, water consumption, fertilizers and pesticides use, waste management and GHG emissions. For that reason, Mehadrin has developed advanced environmental performance indexes (EPIs) in order to continue reducing its environmental influence.
What we are doing…
Responsible and Sustainable Agriculture
Mehadrin promotes responsible and sustainable agriculture in all of its farms by conducting the following activities:
Environmental Agriculture Certifications:
Mehadrin promotes environmentally responsible agricult ure and conducts environmental activities within its growing farms. Among them:
Agriculture waste management programs and increased recycling rates;
Continuous environmental checks of irrigation water supply and ground water;
Reducing energy consumption and fuels for agriculture machinery;
Promoting nature and landscape values activities.
All of Mehadrin crops are accredited by the GlobalGap and Tesco Nature Choice (TNC) standards.
Some of the Mehadrin groves are certified according to the advanced LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) standard - one of the leading standards for sustainable agriculture.
Integrated Pesticides Management (IPM) methods
In order to reduce the environmental effects of pesticides process, Mehadrin invests a lot of resources in R&D and implements advanced integrated pesticides management (IPM) methods, including the following:
- Replacing the common pesticides spraying methods with alternative environmental-friendly methods such as direct injections to the tree's roots, thus reducing the indirect damage to the environment caused by spraying.
- Expanding the use of other environmental-friendly pesticides methods like traps or pests attractions materials.
- xpanding biological pesticides methods which involve use of wasps, hornets and bees to attack the pests, thus preventing any environmental damage.
- Dispersing futile insects to avoid pests' reproduction.
- Ensuring the groves hygiene for minimizing the amount of pests.
Packing Houses and Storage Cooling
Mehadrin recognizes the fact that its packing houses and storage cooling facilities have different environmental effects, and works to identify these influence sand conduct the following activities:
Mehadrin tracks its energy consumption in all of its packing houses and storage cooling facilities and actively promotes energy efficiency projects with respect to electricity and fuel use reductions.
Renewable energy production
In 2010, Mehadrin acquired and constructed Photo-Voltaic (PV) solar system for the packing house in Ashkelon. The solar system generates electricity directly from the sun and reduces the amount of "fossil-fuel generated electricity" that is purchased from the national grid.
The solar system enables Mehadrin to generate electricity from renewable resource and to reduce its carbon footprint and environmental influence.
Waste Management & Recycling
Mehadrin manages its waste through the principle of REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE in order to minimize the amount of waste.
As a first priority, Mehadrin examines the actual need of the packing house in order to reduce the amount of packing materials it consumes to the minimum necessary for its activities. All of the packing materials that were damaged during the packing process are collected and re-usedif possible or sent to recycling via special containers.