Preserve natural resources
Water: a scarce and valuable resource
Worldwide, 71% of available water (rain, soil reserves) is used for crop irrigation. Its scarcity, combined with a growing population, creates a challenge which must be overcome: to double food production by 2030, while consuming less water - despite the many constraints, such as urbanization, industrialization and climate change.
Biological Integrated Protection
Biological Integrated Protection helps to keep crops free from pests by giving priority to biological control. When those biological means are not able to control pests or when the cost becomes prohibitive, the chemical products which do not harm beneficial insects, respecting the auxiliaries, natural or introduced, are applied. Those products are said to be “compatible”. The BIP (or PBI, in French) is characterized by keeping an equilibrium between beneficial insects and pests in protected crops.
From control to agro-ecological management
From now on, we know that the functioning of ecosystems, including the preservation of biodiversity, is the key for a sustainable integration of agriculture in a long term management of natural resources. Agro-ecology, the study of the interactions between plants, animals, man and environment inside agro-ecosystems, lies on this principle and finds its place in a systemic approach of agriculture.
Rational agriculture, a concept respectful of the environment
The agribusiness sector exercises an important pressure on natural resources. The rational agriculture recommands to reduce the use of pesticides to favour methods less harmful to the environment.