GGN - Certified plants

Certified responsible crop production

Responsibly grown products are a current trend. Flowers and ornamental plants should not only provide joy – but be cultivated in an environmentally friendly and socially acceptable manner. But the responsible cultivation of flowers and ornamental plants is by far not the rule everywhere. A big problem is that the cultivation of cut flowers requires a great amount of water. To promote responsible stewardship of resources, the GLOBALG.A.P. standard offers assurance of best practices in all countries with flower and ornamental industries.

But hardly any buyers can actually check on location by themselves which farmers work in an environmentally friendly way. No problem: For our farmers, responsibility is not merely an empty phrase. They produce in an environmentally friendly and socially acceptable manner and got certified according to the strict GLOBALG.A.P. Standards. Their operations are inspected by independent experts on a regular basis, so that you as a consumer can permanently rely on our farmers’ responsible management.

Where our plants come from

Recognized around the globe and adapted to local conditions: Our standard is used worldwide to secure the safe and responsible cultivation of flowers and ornamental plants. You can find our farmers in these countries:

Where our plants come from

*As of: April 2017

How can flowers be grown responsible?

Benefiting humans and the environment – that is what responsible agriculture is committed to. Because, raw materials like clean water are limited, and the careful use of such resources will ensure the basis of existence of present and future generations. Yields that ensure a good income, without exploitation of man or nature, are the goal. The responsible cultivation of flowers and ornamental plants has the following priorities:

How sustainable can flowers be?
  1. Preserving soil fertility. Natural fertilizers such as manure or plant waste, frequent changing of crops: There are many ways to improve the quality of soil. In responsible crop production, they are used not only to increase harvests in the short term. In fact, the amount of fertilizer can actually be kept down in the long term. Furthermore, the used soil is maintained as a cultivation area.
  2. Protecting plants. Switching between different crops or even mixed seeding helps to keep pests and weeds in check. Responsible production also ensures responsible and economical handling of plant protection products, which minimizes the adverse effects on soil, water, air and human health.
  3. Enabling diversity. In responsible farming, not every wild creature is an enemy. Biodiversity measures are there to secure the habitats of wild plants and animals. This also improves growth: Wild flower islets or special nesting possibilities provide beneficial insects such as bees with a source of food and shelter.
  4. Feeding people. Countless people work in the area of flowers and ornamental plants. Responsible farming ensures that these jobs are preserved and the employees are given a reasonable income as well as dignified living and working conditions.

What is the role of standards and seals?

There are over 1,000 different quality seals in Germany alone. The offer is particularly vast – as the demand is huge. As a practical decision support for shopping, they help us to find and select precisely those products that have the qualities we desire. In addition to the GGN label by GLOBALG.A.P., the following relevant quality seals are also available for flowers and ornamental plants: Rainforest Alliance, which distinguishes sustainable farming and forestry operations; MPS, a quality seal for eco-friendly gardening; and Fairtrade, an initiative that certifies amongst others flowers and plants in developing countries and emerging markets. Furthermore, consumers can find the Naturland e.V. as well as the Bio label on products. Both stand for cultivation processes according to ecological principles.

You would like to use the GGN Label?

Here, you can find more information on the GLOBALG.A.P. standard for flowers and ornamentals.

If you have any questions or need further information on how to use the label, feel free to contact us:

GGN Label Office 
info@ggn.org