The first noteworthy point of the day on environmental sustainability in agriculture that was held on 31/01 in Elche was the excellent participation in the day, since all registered attended the event.
Second, highlight the technical level of the speakers. Laura Fernandez de Bayer opened the meeting, presenting a summary of the agri-food challenges we face and the different initiatives that Bayer is leading to help meet these challenges.
Next, Albert Duaigües from eFoodPrint, explained the importance of carrying out an initial evaluation by calculating environmental indicators (Water Footprint or Water Footprint and Carbon Footprint) as the first stage before being able to define and execute improvement actions. Within these improvement actions, innovative solutions based on Big Data for agriculture were explored, such as the prediction of maturation of quality parameters and harvests or meteorological warning services to reduce production losses. Download your presentation here: eFoodPrint
As a next step, Ana Hernández from Grupo Paloma presented the commitment to environmental sustainability of a historical production group. He showed how Paloma reuses and exploits irrigation water and how soil moisture measurements are applied to watering schedules. One of its most relevant conclusions was that the improvement of sustainability in terms of water footprint is not infinite and that, unlike in industrial processes, agricultural production depends on uncontrollable factors that have a great influence on productive performance and , therefore, environmental. Here his presentation: Paloma_Sostenibilidad_Publica
Next, René Rombouts de Agriplace explained the importance of Global GAP within the agri-food sector and the evolution of the norm towards environmental sustainability, with the new SPRING Add-on. He also highlighted how digital solutions such as Agriplace facilitate and speed up compliance with standards such as Global. Here his presentation: Agriplace
Afterwards, Naiara Sáenz de Cetaqua contributed depth in the concept of Water Footprint or Water Footprint, providing data and concrete values of products. He also presented the concept of virtual footprint, which corresponds to the water footprints of international product movements. Here your presentation: Cetaqua
Finally, José Magro de Aenor introduced the contribution of external verification as a tool of conformity and confidence generator among the different stakeholders of the companies. Here his presentation: AENOR. VERIFICACION