Alongside the exceptional strengths of Parmigiano Reggiano supply chain, Life agriCOlture recognizes the urgency of increasing the economic and environmental efficiency of the forage and livestock system of the Emilian Apennines. In particular, the loss of fertile soil and its content of organic matter – caused by agricultural practices not sensitive to the hydrogeological fragility of this territory – seems to undermine the material reproduction of this landscape and, immediately, compromising the economic and environmental efficiency of its farms.
In this sense, Life agriCOlture proposes a set of strategies and best practices able to increase the efficiency of mountain livestock farms and their forage production and, at the same time, to pursue the foundamental environmental challanges of soil protection and CC mitigation. The project operates, in particular, on four areas of intervention declined in application protocols of best practices.
1. The organization and management of the forage and cropping system
2. The management of animal waste
3. Feeding and herd management
4. The management of the infrastructure embedded in agricultural land (drainage, farm mobility, etc.)