All British-grown leeks now certified for sustainability

All British-grown leeks now carry the Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) Marque logo, along with 73 per cent of peppers and 71 per cent of outdoor-grown lettuce, its backer LEAF has said. In all, a quarter of UK-grown fresh produce is now LEAF Marque certified.

An assurance system for recognising sustainably farmed products, LEAF Marque celebrated its tenth anniversary last month, and now operates in 40 different countries. In the UK, Waitrose has committed to all its home-grown fresh produce being LEAF Marque certified, while branded products, including Florette salads and Burts Chips, also use the standard.

LEAF Marque director Jeremy Boxall said:"The LEAF Marque offers farmers and the wider food industry a way to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable farming and for consumers to purchase food grown to these standards.

"With growing pressure on resources, producing food in a sustainable way is more important than ever, and we look forward to continuing our work with the food and farming industry to build on the success of the last 10 years."

To gain LEAF Marque certification, growers are assessed on criteria including soil management and fertility, crop health and protection, pollution control and by-products, energy and efficiency, and wildlife and landscape management.

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