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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 44

Green Issues and Growing Media—Progression or Digression?

Catherine S. Dawson

pp: 142-145


Since environmental lobbyists began their scrutiny of growing media, enormous sums of money have been spent on research projects, conferences, insurance claims, and even failed companies. This paper aims, from a manufacturer's viewpoint, to consider whether progress has been achieved as a result or whether it has all amounted to a time-wasting digression.

Progress can be monitored in terms of increased profitability, but increasingly the effects of our activities on the environment must come into the equation. Although there can be sound marketing reasons for considering growing media from an environmental standpoint, it is extremely important that the considerable advances that have recently been made in compost quality, with their consequent benefits for profitability, are not compromised in any way.

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