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The vegetation cover - an agroecology best practice

At Bonduelle, we have developed a vegetation cover, in conjunction with our farming partners, in numerous farming areas, notably near our factories in Bordères-et-Lamensans and Labenne (south-west France). After the harvest of sweetcorn and green vegetables, we sow a vegetation cover that protects the soil and turns it into pastures for cattle and horses. More than 500 hectares are affected.

The role of the vegetation cover in our engagement in agroecology

In conjunction with our farming partners, we are putting techniques in place that are increasingly respectful of the environment and are adapted to each parcel of land and each vegetable. By 2025, we aim to make at least one alternative, sustainable cultivation practice widespread across all parcels of land where we grow vegetables. The vegetation cover is one of these practices. It enables soils to be protected between seasons, erosion to be stopped and soils to be fed by reducing the need for chemical fertilisers. The carbon footprint is also reduced and biodiversity in the field increases as a result. This agroecology best practice is perfectly in line with our undertaking to make strides in 5 major areas of agriculture :

  • protecting soil
  • increasing biodiversity
  • reducing chemical input residue
  • reducing the carbon footprint
  • optimising the use of water and its quality
What is agroecology?

Agroecology aims at transforming agriculture and developing food systems to make them more sustainable. Agroecology also involves designing agricultural production systems based on how natural ecosystems function. It boosts these features (e.g. the fight against soil erosion and stimulation of biodiversity in soil through vegetation covers and stopping ploughing, providing safe havens for insects and melliferous flower strips, etc.) by aiming to reduce the impact on the environment (greenhouse gas emissions, use of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides, etc.) and preserve natural resources (water, energy, biodiversity, minerals, etc.).

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