Organic production: the way to a more environmentally friendly agriculture and livestock
06 Oct 2021
The implementation of these practices in agriculture and livestock not only brings benefits for producers and consumers, but also contributes to the creation of a more sustainable world.
According to the latest SENASA report on the situation of organic production in the country, in 2019 3.7 million hectares were identified that were governed by these procedures, of which 3.4 million were destined for livestock. Compañía de Tierras Sud Argentino (CTSA) raises and shears more than 250,000 sheep guided by animal welfare practices, allowing a large part of its production to be certified organic.
Since its implementation, the good practices scheme was aimed at improving animal welfare, as well as establishing a sustainable production system aligned with corporate values. It currently has certifications in Animal Welfare and Organic Production from the International Agricultural Organization (OIA) in all its ranches in Patagonia – located in Rio Negro, Chubut and Santa Cruz -. In addition, to guarantee the animal welfare practices in sheep, the resources used in the different stages and the safety of the employees, it is certified with the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), which ensures a Responsible Wool standard and allows them to offer their products to a differential price in the market.
“These certifications extend throughout the entire chain, involving from the breeder to the wool seller who carries out the final transaction. At CTSA, production and conservation are part of the same process because we are aimed at maintaining and improving the state of the natural resources involved in our farms. Under this principle we develop organic production, the crop rotation scheme, animal welfare practices and the use of green band products ”, says Agustín Dranovsky, CEO of Compañía de Tierras Sud Argentino.
Organic production is understood as a sustainable production system that promotes environmental care using methods that reduce air, soil and water pollution. The use of pesticides and fertilizers, as well as genetic manipulation, is not allowed. In addition, animal welfare and the maintenance of biodiversity must be guaranteed, as well as the traceability of the final product.
Those producers who want to implement these practices will be able to observe an improvement in the productive system of their farms, in terms of sustainability. By taking care of the use of natural resources and avoiding soil erosion, it is possible to harmonize conservation with the production of food and wool. In this way, the consumer has access to healthy and sustainable food and products.
Argentina is one of the countries with the highest organic production in the world and there is a growing demand for this type of product. But even though the market is expanding more and more, there is still a long way to go, mainly in raising awareness among both producers and consumers.