The best Irish produce…
The best Irish produce has sustainability at its heart. Not only does this result in the freshest, purest produce but it reflects an ethos that is true to nature, meeting the needs of the present without compromising the future.
By working together, nature and farming can benefit each other. At Slaney Farms we embrace this in everything we do to provide a safe, secure and sustainable source of good wholesome food for our customers.
Created by Bord Bia, Origin Green is Ireland’s national food sustainability programme. It brings together the entire food industry – from farmers to food and beverage producers, retailers to food service operators – with a common goal: sustainable food production. That means the production of safe, nutritious food within a viable industry that simultaneously protects and enhances the natural environment and the local community. Crucially, Origin Green is about measuring and improving how we do this on an ongoing basis.
Sustainability is not an end goal, nor even a final destination. It is an ongoing project. It is a way of being, of doing, of adapting to become better and more responsible producers and providers of food for today and for the future – for the benefit of all.
Collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, both in Ireland and abroad, has been vital in the development and roll out of Origin Green across the entire food and drink supply chain in Ireland. This work of partnering and collaborating will continue into the future.
Origin Green needs to constantly evolve, measuring what matters on an ongoing basis. This is to ensure that sustainable food production is both viable and achievable, but – most importantly – to ensure that it makes a positive difference. Our ambition for Origin Green is to shape food production for a growing global population in a way that reduces its impact on the environment and ensures the industry’s future viability, while also enhancing its positive impact on society into the future.
Slaney Farms’ participation in Origin Green currently covers the three-year period 2017-2020. The targets we have set ourselves involve both production and farmland sites, and focus on the areas of raw material sourcing; manufacturing and social sustainability.
In the area of raw material sourcing, the company has taken a number of steps around paper and packaging usage. Since 2016, 100% sustainably sourced and recycled paper has been used at Slaney Farms.
They have also reduced by 20% the plastic micron in packaging and by 52% the plastic micron in pallet wrap.
In our manufacturing process measures around the reduction energy, the improvement of our overall vehicle efficiency and the reduction of general waste and increased recycling is very important to us. We also have a rain water harvesting, recycling and conservation system in place.
In the area of soil health, the company moved to 100% minimum tillage operations in 2017 in Cereal production, with the company currently engaged in a salad potato project aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of salad potatoes grown in Ireland.
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