Terrena, partner of French Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015
Expo Milano 2015 is the Universal Exhibition that Milan, Italy, is hosting from May 1 to October 31, 2015. Over this six-month period, Milan becomes a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries show the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the Planet and its equilibrium. In addition to the exhibitor nations, the Expo also involves international organizations, and expects to welcome over 20 million visitors to its 1.1 million square meters of exhibition area.
AgriCO2, selected by the French Pavilion
To illustrate the French agricultural initiatives, the French Pavilion has selected a major innovation of Terrena named AgriCO2.
This system encourages farmers to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases through the implementation of new practices from Ecologically Intensive Farming, to produce more and better with less. Visitors will discover from 17th to 30th September how Terrena’s farmers involved in this system act to reduce greenhouse gases.
What is AgriCO2 system ?
In France, agriculture is responsible for around 20% of greenhouse gases (translated into tonnes of CO2 as emissions into the atmosphere) with diffuse emissions. The INRA has identified ten measures which have a positive impact in reducing CO2 emissions through agricultural practices.
The ten measures are centred around nitrogen management (nitrogen fertilizer, pulses), practices that help increase carbon sequestration in soil and biomass (fallow land, agroforestry, intermediate crops and intercropping, pasture management), animal feed (rations that minimise nitrogen excretion or methane production) and the production and consumption of energy by farming (methanization, fossil fuel economies).
From these, Terrena has selected for 2014 seven techniques where the reduction in CO2 can be quantified. The AgriCO2 system covers the selected techniques and calculates each year how much CO2 has been reduced by member farmers who have committed to using these techniques.
The 7 techniques selected are :
- Planting hedges in free-range poultry farms
- Three-phase programme Pork Pig Nutrition
- Long-term cover crops
- Production of flaxseed
In 2014, 1900 farmers involved in this system have saved 8,000 tonnes of CO2. This is the equivalent of 50 million kilometers traveled by car. In 2015, the objective will be to mobilize 2400 farmers for a total savings of 15,000 tonnes of CO2. This will be the equivalent of 90 million kilometers traveled by car.