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Green Economy

GreenItaly Report: Italian agricultural sector as an example

What is the GreenItaly report?

The world of the Green Economy is increasingly flourishing and growing rapidly, which is why Unioncamere and the Symbola Foundation choose to take stock of the situation on an annual basis to demonstrate which path we are taking and to seize any possibilities and developments.

Italy is, once again, extremely attentive to the environment and chooses to promote the desire to create conscious trade structured around complete and full respect for the environment. If on the one hand it seems like an obvious concept, on the other it is enough to observe the data to realize how much the Italian production chain wants to continue to promote craftsmanship by developing the process around continuous technological innovation.

Sustainability and production

In terms of sustainability, Italy is among the most attentive and virtuous countries in all of Europe, and this record was made possible by the continuous and constant attention that the relevant bodies pay to the local reality. Made in Italy, moreover, is based on traditional principles and rarely refers to the rules of large industries, in short it seems that the tendency is - and remains - to favor value over volume. The territory thus finds the possibility of producing typical and regional products without competing with large-scale distribution which bases its policy on quantity to the detriment of Italian excellence.

One sector above all: agri-food

The historical period we are overcoming linked to the global Covid 19 pandemic is inextricably linked to the need to pay maximum attention to what we bring to the table and which chemical elements we come into contact with in a more or less conscious manner.

The GreenItaly report chose to evaluate the agri-food sector by highlighting the high level of margin of Italian production. In fact, territorial management involves the creation of various elements, on the one hand the respect - sometimes recovery - of the territory, and on the other the desire to promote genuine and traditional products.

Sustainability and added values

The biodiversity issue is, for Italy, something very extensive and rather evident. Both in terms of territorial structure and in terms of population, Italy shows different facets that offer a vast and mixed panorama, in short to be protected. Biodiversity is also an element to be considered and valued as it helps us maintain high attention towards the territory and prevent hydrogeological disasters due to the disfigurement of the territory.

Often, it happens that the protection of the territory allows meteorological events to rage with less force, in short, nature takes its course and "protects" - as much as possible - the territory. The solution to be used together with the protection of biodiversity are renewable energies such as biogas and photovoltaic which, having attention to the territory as their primary objective, offer different ways of producing energy without exploiting raw materials and compromising the delicate territorial balance and growing in total harmony of Italian cattle breeds.

Let's talk about numbers

The report highlights a very interesting fact which encompasses all the commitment that the agri-food sector chain chooses to channel in the direction of eco-sustainability. In fact, the data demonstrate how much Italy is improving in reducing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere: it has reached 7.2%, a very low value when compared with other European countries.

With the production of 100% Italian meat, Italy introduces approximately 30 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere compared to 76 in France, 66 in Germany, 41 in the United Kingdom and 39 in Spain. The goal, or rather the intermediate objective, was achieved thanks to a clear cut in phytosanitary products with a preference towards more natural and less structured productions.

Diversification and victory

Italian meat therefore takes on an added value that begins with the farmer's interest in healthy and genuine production made up of a few valid elements:

  • respect for the environment and biodiversity
  • attention to animal welfare
  • analysis of Italian organic meat

These aspects allow us to create the best Italian meat in terms of flavor and bring old-fashioned flavors to the table, perhaps revisited with particular and curious side ingredients. Italian meat therefore becomes the perfect consequence of attention to the environment and farming methods that avoid antibiotics (antibiotic free) and other chemical substances, choosing to let the biodiversity of the environment prevail.