M&S pork supplier gains sustainability recognition
Marks & Spencer’s fresh outdoor-bred pork, produced by Mercer Farming, has received the sustainability certification LEAF Marque.
The announcement was made after Mercer Farming was given the certification, following an independent inspection of its farm.
LEAF Marque is an assurance system for sustainably farmed products, which is based on LEAF’s Integrated Farm Management that engages local communities and uses top modern technology.
Rob Mercer, from Mercer Farming, said: “As a fourth-generation family business, it is vital for us to be sustainable. We want our farm and land to be healthy and profitable for generations to come. The LEAF Marque is a credible, independent way of demonstrating the commitment we have to producing our pork and poultry as sustainably as we can.”
The farm strives to provide the best possible farm management and uses manure from pig units as a natural fertiliser and own straw as bedding for the pigs.
Marks & Spencer agriculture manager Mark Atherton-Ranson said: “As part of our Plan A commitment to become the world’s most sustainable major retailer by 2015, we have set ourselves 180 commitments, and this is brought to life for our agricultural sourcing through our Farming for the Future programme.
“We are working closely with our farmers and growers to address the 4 Es – Efficiency, the Environment, Ethics and Education – and work with LEAF and a number of other leading NGOs to ensure we continue to build a sustainable business, offering our customers high-quality, innovative products that have been sourced sustainably.”