Why Low Impact
Low Impact Farming is an approach where farmers work with, not against nature, and where nature is integrated into farming. It uses ecosystem-based approaches often requiring more knowledge and labour per hectare than those based on chemical inputs—running contrary to monoculture and standard production.
This homepage demonstrates how these low impact farming systems are already being used across Europe. The homepage will also present PAN Europe’s position papers claiming how EU policies must change in the future to give increased attention to these systems which are able to deliver agricultural products for the market and public goods for the society.
Pesticides in Agriculture
There is an excessive use of pesticides taking place. A study shows for example that, in France, arable farmers could reduce their pesticide use by 30% without reducing their yield.
PAN Europe, together with IBMA, organise farm visits to Philippe Rothgerber's farm to show the application of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the cultivation of apples. Philippe Rothgerber, is a passionate farmer. His small farm is 11 hectares, growing apples and grapes and has been managed according to IPM rules since the early seventies. He uses, where possible, all the tools available for pest control: applying good agronomic methods, monitoring, mechanical and physical methods in addition to biocontrol products.
Philippe Rothgerber, holds an arboriculture and viticulture degree and has obtained a deep knowledge of these practices. He has recently decided to take the step to become an organic producer and is in the 3rd conversion year. Alongside his farming activity, Philippe likes to produce juices - he has a small factory on his farm. He also devotes time to helping other farmers with the use of biocontrol products.
In November 2016, PAN Europe, in collaboration with Veneto Agricoltura, organized a farm visit at Vallevecchia to explore with some farmers and associations the experiments that are taking place at this farm.
Vallevecchia is located along a rural coast in Caorle, in the Province of Venice. It’s a demonstrative farm that belongs to Veneto Agricoltura, the Agency of the Region of Veneto for the innovation of the primary and forestry sector. Veneto Agricoltura leads experiments and researches to find new procedures for a more sustainable way of farming. Vallevecchia is funded by the European projects LIFE+ AGRICARE, HELPSOIL, WSTORE2. This experimental farm has 700 hectares devoted to researches based on extensive cultures and local varieties which are important for the preservation of the local biodiversity.
During the visit, we have analyzed innovative strategies to reduce farmers’ environmental impact while maintaining or increasing their incomes. To explore the farm, visit the following link: http://www.vallevecchia.it