Bio-inclusive agriculture is a revolutionary model of agricultural production that guarantees natural and sustainable practices for the environment. It works in the recovery of flora and fauna in cultivation areas, combining food production with the protection of biodiversity.
In Spain, the leader in this area is the Sevillian company Iberhanse-NaturGreen, which has managed to get the 67 farms participating in this project to reduce their water consumption by 25%, their energy consumption by 20%, and the number of phytosanitary treatments applied by 70%, minimizing their toxic load. Also, more than 75 animal species have been recovered, 3 million cubic meters of water have been converted into natural ecosystems, more than 30,000 meters of field margins and banks have been recovered, and more than 14,000 meters of green corridors have been created.
The Sevillian company Iberhanse-NaturGreen, based in the municipality of La Algaba and leader in the export of citrus fruits in Andalusia, has been a national pioneer in the implementation of bio-inclusive agriculture. With this, it intends to "revolutionize agriculture and convert crop plantations into the forests of the future."
Luis Bolaños, CEO of Iberhanse-NaturGreen, said that "we urgently need changes in the agricultural model. For this reason, in 2014, we started implementing bio-inclusive agriculture, which in addition to yielding healthier products, helps restore and protect the biodiversity in agricultural farms, and all this without any reduction in crop productivity or the quality of the fruits."
"We are very satisfied with this model, which continues to expand. In fact, we are already reaching 1,600 hectares, and by the end of 2020, we hope to reach 2,000 hectares."
The Sevillian company has already been committed for years to environmental protection and innovation. In fact, as early as 2007, Iberhanse was the first company in Europe to guarantee zero waste production. In 2014 came the creation of the P.R.O.O.F. (Protection and Recovery of Original Fauna) and with it the first bio-inclusive plantation.
As a result, the Zitrus-Edeka project was launched in 2016, which led to Iberhanse-Naturgreen marketing oranges grown under this new sustainable agricultural model and certified with the logo of the environmental NGO WWF in Edeka stores, the largest retail chain in Germany. Luis Bolaños says that the European demand for products from bio-inclusive agriculture "is reaching unprecedented levels."
Bolaños says that, in addition to continuing with its relationship with Edeka, the firm will also start working "with Carrefour in France and we are contacting big retailers in Switzerland and the United Kingdom."