Environmentally friendly production
Greater biodiversity in field, meadow and forest thanks to organic farming and fewer pesticides.
Environmentally friendly production methods: For more biodiversity and more life
There are between 30 and 300 percent more plant and animal species on organic farms than on conventionally farmed sites. Organic products equate to more biodiversity. Our commitment to environmentally friendly production dates back in part to 1993, when we introduced the first organic brand in the Swiss retail sector – Coop Naturaplan. However, we also seek in the conventional sphere to use the most environmentally friendly production methods possible and, for example, to use fewer pesticides.
For over 20 years, in partnership with Bio Suisse, the umbrella association of Swiss organic farmers, and the Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FiBL) we have been committed to organic farming and increasing the number of organic quality products, both in Switzerland and abroad.
Organic foods are distinctive for their high quality, sustainable production. FiBL has compiled an overview of the key aspects in a brochure. It also addresses the differences between organic and conventional foodstuffs based on today's knowledge and illustrates them with various examples.
Biggest organic range in Switzerland
These days, almost half of all organic products in Switzerland are bought from us. As well as appearing on the 1’800 or so Naturaplan products, the organic bud can also be found on many products under our own label brands Pro Montagna, Jamadu, Fine Food and Karma. Fruit and vegetables (except for Hochstamm apples from standard fruit trees) and the seeds and seedlings of ProSpecieRara are also Bio Suisse-certified and, for the organic garden, we offer a whole host of bud products under Oecoplan. Moreover, we stock a growing number of popular organic branded products.
Sustainable agriculture for more diversity
Scientific studies by the FiBL prove that organic agriculture promotes biodiversity – chiefly due to the absence of synthetic chemical pesticides, more varied crop rotation, presence of more clover and a greater number of ecological compensation areas. Every Bio Suisse business must also implement at least 12 additional measures to promote biodiversity, chosen from a large catalogue of measures. Studies have also illustrated that more organic agriculture can restore the original biodiversity of farmed regions.
Our pilot projects in Kenya and Italy also demonstrate that organic pest control, which was developed for organic farming, can also be successfully used in conventional farming, leading to a reduction in the use of synthetic chemical pesticides.
Environmentally friendly production abroad, too
Our commitment to environmentally-friendly production methods is not confined to Switzerland, as many products are imported. Because of this, we are a member of the Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI), which improves production conditions abroad through joint consultations and audits.