1. What does Free From Pesticide Residues Mean?
This means that when you buy any Good Natured product, there will be no traces of pesticides within or on the produce.
2. Have you changed your farming techniques?
Good Natured remains exactly the same; it is free from any pesticide residues. So when you buy it and take it home you can be confident that there are absolutely no traces of pesticides on the produce.
3. Is Good Natured organic? If not what’s the difference?
Good Natured is a range of pesticide residue free produce, and we share similar aims as organic produce for example respect for the planet, care for our produce and nature at every stage of the growing process. But some of our techniques are different; such as lots of our crops involve soil-free growing systems. For instance, some of our strawberry and tomato crops are grown in peat grow bags in glasshouses and tunnels. This reduces the pest and disease pressure on the plants and provides much better working conditions for harvesting crops. Due to these production techniques the Good Natured range is available in larger volumes, which means that it is at a more reasonable price-point.
4. Do you test for pesticide residues?
As a matter of course, we test all of our fruit for pesticide residue regularly from each and every crop to ensure 100% compliance with the industry standard limit of detection. We measure this down to the lowest reliable level of detection which is 0.01 mg / kg. This is independently audited by SFQC http://www.sfqc.co.uk/
5. Is the fruit safe with predator bugs being used?
Yes. The bugs used to control pests on Good Natured crops are completely safe – just like those you would find in a natural environment such as your garden at home.
6. What is a predator bug?
A predator bug is an insect (for example, a ladybird) that naturally controls a harmful pest (such as greenfly) to prevent causing too much damage. These natural predators become a very effective pest control method.
7. Do you use a group of pesticides called Neonicotinoids? What are they?
No we do not nor have we ever used Neonicotinoid pesticides on our Good Natured crops. The European Commission has placed a 2 year restriction on the use of Neonicotinoid pesticides over concerns they may be connected to the rapidly dwindling population of Honey Bees.
8. Do you have full traceability?
As with all Good Natured produce, each punnet has a unique number, which means that each punnet of fruit purchased can be traced back to the date, the individual farm and field that it was picked in.
9. Is all Good Natured produce grown in Scotland?
At Good Natured we are passionate about provenance. We work with a like minded network of growers in the UK and around the world to ensure that top quality produce grown without the use of pesticides is delivered, faithful to the Good Natured protocol. This allows us to meet the increasing demand for Good Natured Produce 12 months of the year!
10. Are there any health benefits to eating Good Natured over conventional produce?
All freshly produced fruit and vegetables are an essential component of a healthy, balanced diet and the variety offered by the Good Natured range can help you reach your 5-A-Day quota.
11. Is Good Natured better for the environment and if so why?
We know how much you care about the environment, and we do too. We firmly believe that Good Natured is better for the environment. We are totally committed to removing pesticides from the food chain. We’re currently developing other product lines for the Good Natured range, using our unique propagation programme.