We have chosen not to use any test label. After further investigation, we are not able to attach value to that. In consultation with the growers, we have managed to develop quality assurances, whereas the welfare of the useful insects is guiding.
· The growers don’t inundate their soil anymore. That is they don’t flood their land to kill all the life of the earth, among other things, also the harmful insects. (With SKAL this is permitted.)
· The flower bulbs we get from the growers are possibly at least three years cultivated by our own growers. That is the flower bulbs have been cultivated for three years in their own management, without using any chemicals. (This is also an important difference with SKAL. SKAL-certification allows that flower bulbs are bought from regular growers, these bulbs are then planted in ‘certificated’ soil, and next the bulbs are harvested and sold with SKAL-certification.) We cannot support that….The useful insects are just as well exposed to residues. The residues often are, even in limited quantities, very harmful to honeybees and other insects.
· Even without using chemicals by the grower, harmful substances can end up in the flower bulbs. By example by drifting (with the air) and through the groundwater. If we suspect this, we are first testing the flower bulbs on residues. In the first two years of our business we have had to refuse some small amounts of flower bulbs because of this reason and we couldn’t sell these or we had to withdraw them. The past two years we hardly found any residues above the detection limit.
· One of the most powerful ways of exposing an image of the vitality of the flower bulbs is by way of chromatography (- the round filter chromatography according to Ehrenfried Pfeiffer) of by way of capillary dynamolysis. With this method you can demonstrate whether products are from regular or chemical-free grown origin. On the website www.christall.nl you can read and see more about it.
· With chromatography and capillary dynamolysis is it possible to demonstrate the quality of the earth, the fertilizer, the compost, the dung compost, the Bokashi and/or the green manuring as well and monitor this from year to year. This research we do regularly and independent. This can be an efficient help for the grower to follow changes, improvements or changeover processes and to optimize these.
· If you have any questions or remarks about “OUR QUALITY” and the methods we are using for that purpose, or if you would like to let your earth, fertilizer, food products or other products being tested by our corporation, your reaction or request is welcome. You can send an e-mail to [email protected]
the FlowerbulbsForBees-team from
BDImkers (Biodynamic and organic beekeepers in the Netherlands)