Commitment to future generations doesn’t just mean making the least impact on the environment today. The biggest challenge is promoting practices that restore the natural rhythms of ecosystems and generate positive impacts, and this is what regenerative agriculture, promoted by Unilever in partnership with the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA), is all about. Is.
On Friday, December 16, at the Saavedra Museum, in one of the green lungs of the city of Buenos Aires, in the open air, in green and with a violin repertoire accompanied by country mornings, Unilever announced the initiative. Although the company has been working closely with INTA for over 30 years to produce the vegetables used in its Knorr brand products, this new agreement goes further and takes into account the need to be sustainable in its processes, not only Rather, it also fulfills agriculture. Practices that restore the natural rhythm of the ecosystem, so that the biological processes of the soil can be preserved and regenerated.
It should be noted that, for almost 10 years, Unilever has been operating under the principles of its Sustainable Agriculture Code, but on this occasion, it goes a step further, and with the support of INTA and Knorr, it incorporates a does New strategy for his crops in Mendoza province. Unilever’s regenerative agriculture principles seek to protect and enhance local communities and their well-being. But, they seek to optimize the use of renewable resources and minimize the use of non-renewable resources to produce crops with adequate performance and nutritional quality.
It proposes regenerative agriculture, which seeks to keep the soil alive and with biological activity, reduce wastage of water, restore vital processes of ecosystems through the inclusion of pollinators, birds, mammals and native species, besides helping farmers tries to train. Sustainable productive transition and reducing the carbon footprint of production.
This joint project invites you to work with nature and not against it, the result being the production of more nutritious food, more resistant crops and less water wastage.
“We decided to move from sustainability to regeneration, which is why we are here today to explain how we are going to make this transformation of agriculture happen,” said Natalia Giraud, Head of Corporate Affairs at Unilever, during the event at the Saavedra Museum. Huh” . At the same time, he assures, “It’s no longer about doing less harm but more good for the planet, I think that’s the way.” He also highlighted Knorr’s role at the Mendoza plant, “There we work with farmers in a sustainable way and there are 400 families that depend on that work. For our overall sustainable development plan, alliances are vital because we cannot do it alone, which is why INTA has been our partner for more than 30 years,” Giraud said.
This new initiative will have a positive impact not only on vegetable production, but also on the region’s communities, soil health, biodiversity, water quality, climate resilience and agricultural profitability.
On the other hand, it should be noted that the Unilever plant, located in Guamelen, Mendoza, is the only Unilever dehydrator in the world and the largest in Argentina. There are 13 different vegetables grown, including carrots, pumpkins, onions, garlic, leeks, and 15,000 tons of raw vegetables are received annually, which are turned into 3,200 tons of dehydrated vegetables, including flakes, granules, and powders. This tie-up with INTA will make it possible to train farmers. During the meeting, Claudio Galmarini, director of INTA’s Mendoza-San Juan regional center and expert in horticulture, said, “Not so long ago, in the same relationship of trust that we had with Unilever, the challenge of regenerative agriculture was revealed.” In this sense, he explained “If one understands biological cycles, the approach of regenerative agriculture is to give back, to restore to the soil what we take for our food.” It is, then, about the conservation and enhancement of soil fertility, its microbiota, its fauna, in addition to the challenge of using efficient irrigation systems that conserve water. “The last axis has to do with the conservation of soil biodiversity and the economic sustainability of the grower,” Galmarini said.
The public-private partnership between INTA and Unilever aims to promote regenerative agriculture practices among farmers to develop food in harmony with nature. “Joint work with the producers who supply the Unilever dehydration plant will allow us to experiment, learn, adopt and disseminate regenerative agriculture practices that contribute to the environmental, economic and social sustainability of producers and the entire region”, said the director concluded. INTA’s Mendoza-San Juan Regional Center. Therefore, this commitment is backed by a plan to sow today what future generations will reap tomorrow.
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