CERTIFIED ECOLOGICA CHOICE
At the end of the nineties, Cristiana enters definitely in the company, working together with her father Siro. She becomes increasingly aware that nowadays we cannot talk about the quality of life without thinking of the environment and of the managerial choices which will have an effect on the environment. These reflections lead to the decision to completely convert the company to organic method.
For Cristiana this choice does not mean to follow a increasing trend of the market. She wants to guarantee to consumers that her product is made respecting the environment and promoting the natural biodiversity. This means exclude the use of chemical products (fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides) and genetically modified organisms. The guarantee is ensured by the certification of compliance with the EU regulations and national laws on organic farming. BIOS (BIOS srl – Marostica – VI – Italy), external control body, certifies compliance with the law by the company with continuous controls throughout the production process.
THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIC FARMING
The main objectives of organic farming (as they have been defined by International Federation of organic Farming – IFOAM) are:
- Transformation of farms into a self-sufficient agricultural system by drawing on local resources (sustainable agriculture). For example fertilization with green manure or manuring practices.
- Preservation of the natural fertility of the soil
- Avoid all forms of pollution caused by agricultural techniques
- Production of high quality nutrient elements in sufficient quantity
ORGANIC VITICULTURE: WHAT DOES IT MEAN. OUR PRACTICES
Grow vine with organic method it means to follow the EU regulations about organic farming, mainly the reg 2092/91. Against the parasites are not used chemical products but only of organic origin products. To prevent the fungal attack of powdery mildew it is used the sulfur and to prevent the blight it is used the copper . With each dose, copper easily accumulates in soil. Its presence in the soil creates problems of toxicity for plants, it reduces soil biological activity (so the natural supply of minerals to the soil) and it is harmful to earthworms (which improve the structure of the soil).Copper is also toxic to beneficial insects (ladybirds, wasps, lacewings). For that reason the law limits its use to 6 kg/ha per year . However in our farm we are doing tests to reduce the copper quantities well below the legal limits. We started using antagonistic bacteria blight. We are also testing products made from citrus fruits: they are against fungal and bacterial diseases and are excellent antioxidant and they help the invigoration on the apparatus foliar. The fight against harmful insects is made with pyrethrum and bacillus thuringiensis.