Open Forum on regenerative agriculture, Syngenta’s proposal

At the Mantova Food&Science Festival

Syngenta Italia inaugurated its presence at the seventh edition of the Mantova Food&Science Festival with the event ‘Open Science – Soil health, climate change and agricultural productivity: let’s talk about Regenerative Agriculture’. In the medieval setting of the Palazzo della Ragione in Mantua, interlocutors and guests of reference from the world of local and national institutions, the agri-food chain and the scientific community met, with a precise objective: to identify common definitions and perspectives on a production model agriculture, which still needs a clearer frame, starting from universally accepted measurability criteria. By addressing issues such as soil health, carbon farming and the integration of production models, regenerative agriculture can represent a concrete opportunity for a more sustainable and resilient agricultural approach.

“For Syngenta Italia, the presence at the Mantova Food&Science Festival is of great value: in fact, we are united by the desire to find common answers to complex challenges, a need that has even greater value in the light of the tragic events that are currently affecting the areas of the Emilia Romagna and the Marches – commented Massimo Scaglia, CEO of Syngenta Italia – This is the approach we used when talking about regenerative agriculture, which represents a concrete opportunity for the present and for the future for a more sustainable production model and resilient”.

Scaglia then kicked off the work with the proposal to create a stable Open Forum to involve all interested stakeholders in a constructive discussion on Regenerative Agriculture, to bring out new elements, propose ideas and develop projects, sharing experiences and skills .

Maria Chiara Gadda, vice president of the Agriculture Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, underlined how agriculture is “a productive sector that deserves particular attention today, in the light of climate change. If it is certainly one of the sectors most affected by floods, droughts and the ever-increasing spread of plant diseases, at the same time it can interpret the path towards sustainable transition in positive terms”.

“In recent years – he continued – little attention has been paid to production factors, such as water, organic components and above all the earth and its ability to maintain fertility: it is necessary to intercept the opportunities of our time, which come from research , innovation, training and information, and agriculture in this sense can contribute to changing not only the relationship between institutions, businesses and research but also the country from a cultural point of view”.