The Association of Platano de Canarias Producer Unions (Asprocan) warned that bananas from third countries had phytosanitary products that were banned in Europe, and demanded from the Spanish Government that consumers should be informed about this.
The president of Asprocan, Domingo Martin, made this statement in the act in which the organization obtained the renewal of the carbon footprint certification granted by Aenor for the Canarian product.
The president of Asprocan said that it was outrageous that the "banana from third countries can use phytosanitary products that are totally prohibited in Europe and Spain and that consumers don't have reliable information tools so that they can weigh the quality and sustainability discrepancies between the different origins."
"Some of the lines of action and improvement that the production sector has started are investing in more efficient production systems in irrigation and fertilization, providing greater resistance for plants against the attack of pests and reducing the use of phytosanitary products by using other methods to prevent diseases that are less harmful to the environment," stated Domingo Martin.
However, Asprocan regrets "the inaction of the authorities, because this is a key period to raise awareness among the population about the environment and there is no rule that obliges all agricultural food products to be publicly accredited under common standards."
Asprocan said that the quality seal proves the veracity of the calculation of the carbon footprint of the Platano de Canarias, that is, the set of greenhouse gas emissions that it generates throughout its life cycle, from its cultivation on the farm, through to packaging, distribution, maturation, and consumption.
In this case, it is 196.16 grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilogram of banana for export to the peninsula.
"This shows our commitment to the environment and to giving all the information to consumers," said the president of Asprocan.
In 2013 Platano de Canarias gave a public commitment to its consumers to measure the set of emissions of each and every one of the stages of the product, which started at very low levels, 249 grams of CO2 per kilo of banana, and have since been decreased to 195.16 this year.