New Italian biodistricts: the "Sardinia Bio District" (IT)

10/11/2020
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The initiative is launched by a group of operators who have been working on organic farming for years and who recently set up the ‘Sardinian organic producers' association’, created precisely for the purpose of promoting the new biodistrict, which aims to represent, in a coordinated way, all the production organic chains existing on the regional territory. The Promoting Committee, in addition to the Sardinia Bio Producers Association (lead partner), includes the Metropolitan City of Cagliari, the Municipality of Cagliari, Anci Sardegna, Coldiretti Sardinia and Its Food Industry Foundation of Sardinia.

The philosophy is clear: the island can count on poor industrialization, low demographic concentration and a fairly high environmental quality, excellent conditions for developing organic crops. The primary objective of the organic district is thus to promote the cohesion and participation of all the players in the organic supply chain, supporting them so that they can combine their business with the new frontiers of sustainability (renewable energy, biodiversity, quality of work and life). The bio-district also intends to promote more equitable relations in the supply chain, creating new direct relationships between producers and consumers, thanks to alternative distribution models such as the short supply chain and solidarity purchasing groups, as well as encouraging public administrations to increase green purchases for school canteens, hospitals and other public services.

The president of the Sardinian Organic Producers Association, Andrea Campurra, has already started the meetings to invite all Sardinian organic producers to participate; he has also indicated a good response from the Regional Authority, which should evaluate the initiative with a group of experts to then recognize it through a resolution of the regional council, probably by December.

Once established, the biodistrict aims to network with Sicily and involve other regions, such as Campania, interested in the enhancement of organic productions. The hope is then that the bio-district can encourage the export of local organic products at an international level, develop research, innovation and rural culture, activate short supply chains and reconcile the protection of biodiversity with the development of rural areas with a more advanced agricultural vocation.

Source: YouTG Network / MyFruit.it

 

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