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Sustainable agriculture means less waste of land and water. And more healthy food for 10 billion people, how many will we be in 2050?

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Sustainable agriculture means less waste of land and water. And more healthy food for 10 billion people, how many will we be in 2050?

Sustainability in agriculture is primarily concerned with producers, men and women who cannot be strangled by the strong hand of buyers. The SAI platform and the Findus case to promote respect for the land.


We always talk, in economics, about the technological industry, services, manufacturing, and we often forget that over 60 percent of the world population still depends on agriculture. Not only. By 2050, so in a few years time, the planet’s population will reach 10 billion people, and the demand for agricultural products will grow by at least 50 percent.

Who will be able to respond to this huge demand for food? And with which techniques and production methods that do not become yet another opportunity to waste one of the most important resources for man, precisely the earth, and therefore nature? Around these questions, we play the game of sustainable agriculture, at the top of the goals of the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, the editorial compass of this site.


When we talk about sustainable agriculture, we mean first of all three fundamental things. First of all work so that in the cultivation there is more efficiency in the use of productive factors such as fertilizers, energy and water. A way to get more efficiency, less waste and less pollution. As for water, waste and consumption can be cut, for example, thanks to the introduction of efficient, efficient irrigation systems that can supply small volumes of water by calculating and administering the real water needs of the plants. The second pivot of sustainable agriculture is another equation: more fertile soil with less fertilizer. A goal to be achieved, for example by using the right crop rotations. In this case, for example, a cultivation can return to the same field not before a certain suitable period. Thirdly, agriculture is truly sustainable when, even before the land, it respects people, communities that work in the agricultural sector, the territory where it is produced, with its identity and its specificities. And in the respect of the people in the first place it falls the fact that the farmers, cannot be forced, from the strong hand of the buyer, not to have clarity and balance in the definition of the prices, the quantities and the quality of each product.  


These principles in recent years have been adopted by companies active in the sector that are increasingly investing in sustainable agriculture. One of these is Findus, one of the leaders in the frozen food market, which has joined the SAI Platform, the main international initiative on sustainability in agriculture. This membership involves the verification of the Findus plant production, through an in-depth analysis that covers all aspects of sustainability.

To apply these principles, and in keeping with a path taken years ago, Findus has begun to promote agriculture that guarantees respect for the land and protects farmers and their crops. In sustainability that is not only environmental, but also social and economic.

In order to use less fertilizers than to practice crop rotation, Findus performs soil analysis annually to assess soil fertility so as to be able to define fertilization protocols by accurately calculating the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium content, in order to intervene in targeted way and thus distribute only the nutrients necessary for the correct growth of plants. Finally, Findus decided to focus a lot on relationships, which is why it supports the 672 Italian farms with which it collaborates on the territory with its own and third-party technicians and agronomists. A commitment that, also through the definition of the price before sowing, aims to promote sustainable agriculture in the territory, of which the community can benefit in social, economic and environmental terms.

In addition to the commitment ‘on the field’, Findus is also dedicated to telling its own mission through the Findus Green Camp , a real journey towards sustainability in the company of Fabrizio, the agronomist Findus, and 4 young explorers who have the task of explaining the techniques, the curiosities and the principles of sustainable agriculture for the cultivation of vegetables of the Minestrone Tradizione Findus .


Thanks to the efforts made, Findus aims to produce 90% of the total plant volumes according to the FSA sustainability standard (Farm Sustainability Assessment) by 2019, the verification scheme developed by SAI that allows to analyze its own agricultural practices in depth and covering all aspects of sustainable agriculture. The techniques used will weave products such as Minestrone Tradizione, Piselli and Spinaci, and will be verified by an audit by a third party.


Working with animals: the professions in contact with animals

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Working with animals: the professions in contact with animals

How many of us would like to escape from the sad walls of our office and work with animals ?

Even if at first glance it would seem difficult to transform our passion into a real job, with the hard and constant commitment, an adequate preparation, strong passion and a bit of luck it is possible to work with animals.

Tenacity is the decisive factor in my opinion for success or failure in any field.

The type of work is more coveted, the more difficult it is to get it and if on the one hand it is a source of stress on the other it is an incentive to do it all.

Final satisfaction will be greater. Those who want to work with animals have various possibilities before them.

The professions are different, some require an appropriate schooling and others do not.

Some professions are well known and of long tradition while others are new of the last generation.

Before bringing you the different professions related to the world of animals, I want to recommend the book The Animal Encyclopedia, a complete work for those who love animals full of great photos and detailed descriptions. Rated 10/10.

work with animals1.Veterinario;

For those who want to work with animals , that of the vet is the profession par excellence. Becoming a veterinarian deserves an article if for the vastness of the subject.

To become a veterinarian, a 5-year university study path plus the state qualifying examination is required.

After completing the qualification, you must pass a further admission test to the graduate school for three years.

As you can see, the path is not short-lived. However, if you start as a young man, guided by a strong passion and are flexible to travel, there are many career opportunities. The veterinarian in fact does not only deal with domestic animals but also and above all with farmed animals.

Dog sitting;

An innovative professional figure, the dog sitter is the one who takes care of the dogs of others. No specific degrees are required to carry out this profession but it is a good idea to possess a canine driver license.

Dog sitter is an innovative profession that is increasingly expanding both in Italy and abroad.

Wellness clinics;

Yes, not only men and women love to be treated. Animal welfare clinics include a wide range of professional figures who take care of the psychophysical wellbeing of animals.

If you don’t have an animal (like me) maybe you can’t understand how the owners love their animals and they would do everything for their well-being. For this reason there are wellness clinics.

Educational farms;

This is my dream, so don’t try to compete with me. Joking aside, an educational farm is just a farm where children can interact with the animal world, learning to be in contact with nature.

In an increasingly alienating world, a return to the origins and traditions through the education of children is not only useful but necessary.

These farms can work closely with schools and parents, organizing outdoor activities and outings.

Is not it fantastic?


Even if those who want to work with animals normally love animals and don’t want to kill them, being a breeder can still be a major challenge.

Without getting caught up in useless hypocrisy, most of us are omnivorous.

I personally am, however, one thing that I do not tolerate is the torture that animals suffer while they are alive. Repulsive images of intensive farming are leading me to become aware of the type of product I consume.

I have significantly reduced my consumption of meat and only eat the one coming from certified farms when possible. The animal even if destined for human consumption has a dignity and as such must be respected.

This is why those who truly love animals can decide to become a responsible breeder and aware of the rights that animals have.

In addition to this you can become a breeder of animals with different purpose as a breeder of dogs, horses and fish for aquariums. As you can see, there are many possibilities.

Work at the Zoo;

I personally hate zoos. Wild animals should live freely in their natural environment. However, if the Zoo is intended as a safeguard and education structure then it is welcome.

The professional figures are varied, from maintenance to dissemination with visitors. Some of them need specific preparation, while others do not.

Marine Biologist;

As a Marine Biologist, you can work with animals in different areas. For example, you can drive sea excursions for tourists, or work in a water park or aquarium.

Unfortunately in Italy the job opportunities are quite limited but it is not said that in the future it cannot change.


Many environmental associations work trying to defend the environment and this inevitably leads to contact with animals.

Guard park;

Whether it is marine or terrestrial parks, the figure of the park guard is a much sought after location. In Italy, it is possible to work for the Forest Guard after winning a public competition.


The zoologist is the scholar who studies animals. Within this branch of Biology, Zoology is divided into various categories. For example, one of the best known is the branch of Ornithology, that is the study of birds.

To become a zoologist it is necessary to obtain a five-year degree.

As you can see, the possibilities for working with animals are different.

The most important thing is to be driven by a strong passion due to the strong competition in this field. A job in contact with nature is a popular destination for many so the only passion is not enough if it is not accompanied by adequate preparation.

The important thing to be able to work with animals is to persevere and not give up at the first adversity. If you liked the article working with animals and want to keep in touch with my Blog Open Company, you can add yourself to the Facebook page.


Vineyard fertilization: which product to choose for foliar fertilization

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Vineyard fertilization: which product to choose for foliar fertilization

The fertilization of the vineyard is a fundamental practice to obtain an optimal yield from its cultivation.

The fertilization of the vine, because of its importance, it is a complex matter that, in addition to a good knowledge of the plant (of which you must constantly monitor any deficiencies or excesses of nitrogen, potassium, magnesium, iron and the like) provides a careful study of the composition of the soil and subsoil , which hosts the production.

It is precisely on the basis of these factors, which is made of the plan of manuring, which will determine periods and mode of fertilization, to preserve the health and productivity of the vineyard; according to the different stages of the development of the vineyard itself.

In a historical moment in which the consequences of climate change, now in place for several years, are manifesting in a more and more significant, especially in periods of spring, fertilisation, foliar application can become a valuable ally in the protection of vineyards.

For the Italian agriculture and the Italian (and global) has become practice to deal with cases of “exceptional weather” in the spring: phenomena, out of season, such as hailstorms, floods, snow, frost even in lowland areas, very strong winds and cold, in fact, cause serious damage to all crops and affect the yield both in terms qulalitativi quantitative.

In a delicate sector such as viticulture, and similar events can cause (and have caused) massive damage. It is for this reason that composting has become increasingly important for farmers.

There are many companies that, with their wide range of products and experience in the industry, can help farmers to make a plan of fertilization of the vineyard; among these must certainly be mentioned COMPO EXPERT, an important reference in the field of horticulture, fruit-growing and viticulture, and in the nursery.

A proper planning of fertilizing, in fact, can really make the difference and solve the arise problems such as failure to fruit setting and maturation, resulting in millerandage and non-filling of the bunch.

The plan of fertilizing can make all the difference when it comes to the quality of the grapes.

The different types of fertilizer to the vineyard

The mode of fertilization of the vineyard are four and they differ because each of them has the purpose to accompany the cultivation of specific moments of his life:

  • The fertilizer fund, to be carried out prior to planting of the plant, prepares the soil for the cultivation
  • The fertilization of departure, to be paid for the first 3 years of the life of the plant, helps the growth of the vineyard and the graduation production
  • The fertilizer production, to be carried out each year, provides the proper nutrition while avoiding excesses or deficiencies of nutrients
  • The fertilization foliar, also to be run annually, allows you to make nutrients immediately available to the plant with the aim of preventing and treating deficiencies and abiotic stress

The manuring, the leaf blade and its importance in viticulture

Although all of the fertilizers listed so far are very important in viticulture that the leaf is of particular importance because it allows you to administer macroelements or microelements in the format that is soluble to the plant, and it integrates very well with the classical soil fertilization.

It is precisely at this juncture that the products COMPO EXPERT can make all the difference: the company produces different types of products for foliar application of proven quality and effectiveness, interpreting them according to the most innovative technologies in the industry.

Which products to choose for the manuring, the leaf blade of the screw?

The big advantage of manuring, the leaf blade is to be able to make nutrients immediately available to the plant, with the aim of preventing or curing the temporary nutritional stress and make a real activation of the physiology of the processes of the response of plants to stress.

Especially after serious episodes of bad weather, it is necessary to use products that put in motion the biochemical and physiological processes within the plant tissues of the plant.

The line Basfoliar® COMPO EXPERT is ideal for these applications and is composed of products that are adaptable to each stage of the development of the vineyard as envisaged by the plan of fertilization.

Basfoliar® Kelp for proper root development

Basfoliar® Kelp of COMPO EXPERT

Basfoliar® Kelp is a bio-stimulating, natural, high-quality extract from the seaweed Ecklonia maxima, which is capable of:

  • Strengthen the response of plants to abiotic stress (such as frosts and hailstorms)
  • Improve the development radical, the absorption of nutrients and water, increase plant production and, therefore, the yields in quantity and quality

Products for pre-flowering: Basfoliar® Aktiv and Solubor® DF

Basfoliar® Aktiv of COMPO EXPERT

When applied as by pre-flowering, the bio-stimulating Basfoliar® Aktiv (in addition to acting on the levels of phosphorus and potassium) increases the production of natural defensive substances, such fitoalessine, naturally produced by plants. In addition, its high content of potassium helps to strengthen the plant tissues, and to improve the production and translocation of sugars in the reserve organs, which will improve the quality of the productions.

Basfoliar® Aktiv, enriched with plant hormones of plant origin (Basfoliar® Kelp), helps to:

  • To foster a better resistance to abiotic stresses (such as water and heat)
  • Improve the growth and vegetative-productive and, therefore, the yield in quantity and quality

In addition, to help with the pollination and fruit set, we suggest the application of Solubor® DF, a fertilizer micro-colored with a base of boron, which prevents and cures the deficiencies.

Products for the post-flowering: Basfoliar® CaMag and Agrilon® Microcombi

Basfoliar® CaMag of COMPO EXPERT

In the phase of post-flowering, to substantially reduce the deficiencies of calcium and magnesium, it is recommended the use of Basfoliar® CaMag, which is a liquid product based on boron, calcium and magnesium.

The presence of boron in traces it is essential to get the calcium, element that is not very mobile within the plant tissues.

The calcium and magnesium, working in total synergy, put in motion an action for the strengthening of plant tissues and stimulation of photosynthetic activity.

Its application also helps to prevent the dehydration of the spine.

Another important aid is given by the corrective Agrilon® Microcombi, the action of which prevents and treats the physiological alterations or nutritional imbalances due to lack of availability of microelements.

This product contains magnesium and all major and trace elements in the form chelated, that promote rapid absorption of trace elements, both by leaf and root.