Conservation agriculture

Conservation agriculture consists in a set of agronomic practices allowing better soil management, limiting negative effects over its composition and structure, content of its organic matter and erosion process and resulting degradation. Conservation agriculture is characterised by some techniques as, for example, direct seeding in soil that hasn’t been ploughed or has been ploughed the least possible and avoiding burning crop residues or ploughing them in the soil. The benefits of this production system are various: ranging from the reduction of energy consumption due to the modest use of farm machinery to the resulting reduction of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere. Other benefits are also to be found in the lowering of production costs and, from an ethical point of view, in the preservation of the environment and natural resources for future generations.

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