Integrated agriculture

Integrated agriculture aims to guarantee the smallest environmental impact as possible, preserve biodiversity and reduce risks for the health of agricultural workers and consumers, minimizing the use of synthetic chemical substances (as pesticides and fertilizers) and favouring, as an alternative, natural products. This type of agriculture employs a system of integrated fight that envisages the use of various instruments wisely mixed to fight parasite attacks: these methods value natural resources as well as self-regulation mechanisms of ecosystems and use chemical methods that are accurately balanced. The result is a reduction (in comparison to the maximum allowed by law) of phytopharmaceutical residues on products we eat guaranteeing a greater respect for the environment and reducing current causes of agricultural pollution on the environment. This system also tries to employ water rationally preventing erosion and ensuring soil fertility practising crop rotation as well as the “green manure” practice that consists in burying specific crops in the soil to maintain and enhance its fertility.

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