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Organic Intensive Agriculture (English subtitles)

December 15, 2019


Good morning We are a Catalan farmers family. We are a Catalan farmers family. And today we want to share with you our work results And we want to talk you about our work system, the organic agriculture. We want to share with you the previous results the conventional agriculture, With our current results using our actual system. We have come to tell you that in just four years we have achieved to increase in more than eighty percent the amount of fungi and bacteria in our soil and we have achieved to increase in more than one thousand percent the amount of protozoans. So, we can say that our soils are much more alive. We have also come to tell you that in four years we have achieved to increase in more than sixty percent, the stability of soil agregates. sixty percent, the stability of soil agregates. We have now less erosion. we have almost stopped desertification. We have almost stopped desertification. Now we have also achieved in four years to increase in about twenty percent the water holding capacity. twenty percent the water holding capacity. Also, with our current practices we are emitting 0’2 Tn less of CO2 we are emitting 0’2 tons less of CO2 for each hectare and for each year of average in our vineyards, olive trees and cereals. of average in our crops of vines, olive trees and cereals. But we are capturing 15 tons of CO2 for each hectare and for each year. This means that we are saving the same amount of this gas emitted by 10 cars for each hectare and each year. This means that we are saving the same amount of this gas emitted by 10 cars for each hectare and each year. This means that we are saving the same amount of this gas emitted by 10 cars for each hectare and each year. This means that we are saving the same amount of this gas emitted by 10 cars for each hectare and each year. Maybe you ask yourself: how much money does it cost? Maybe you ask yourself: how much money does it cost? We also want to share with you the economic results of our years of conventional agriculture, of our three years of conversion, and our current results, now that we are converted. During the three years of conversion During the three years of conversion our costs increased But now we are spending the same money or less than when we worked with conventional agriculture the same money or less than when we worked with conventional agriculture During the three years of conversion our productions decreased but now we are producing the same or more than when we worked with conventional agriculture. but now we are producing the same or more than when we worked with conventional agriculture. And during the three years of conversion, we lost money. And we were lucky of the European Union subsidies. And we were lucky of the European Union subsidies. But now we are 50% happier farmers. But now we are 50% happier farmers. Thank you. We have developed all these data with different agronomy universities in our country We have developed all these data with different agronomy universities in our country We have developed all these data with different agronomy universities in our country We have developed all these data with different agronomy universities in our country during the last 4 years. And with people as referent as Dr. Pilar Andres. And with people as referent as Dr. Pilar Andres. How have we doing it? We are using the ancestral experience of our grandparents. We are using the ancestral experience of our grandparents. Thanks to them we are here today, thanks to them we can tell you that we are the ninth generation of farmers in our family. thanks to them we can tell you that we are the ninth generation of farmers in our family. We are using the practices we learned in college and from our parents. For example GPS technology. We are using our knowledge in organic agriculture, regenerative agriculture and permaculture. We went to live and work with my family at Autralia to meet people like David Holmgren, father of permaculture. David Holmgren, father of permaculture. By mixing these three concepts, we have developed what we call intensive organic agriculture. And what are we doing? We have stopped destroying our soils We have stopped tilling or spraying them. We are regenerating our soils. We are covering our soils. Here you can see a newly planted vineyard in which the next morning we sow a permanent cover crop. We are protecting our soils. We are managing these cover crops to create a mulching effect. We are managing these cover crops to create a mulching effect. This effect causes that in summer we can reduce the surface temperature of our soil by 10 degrees, with all the advantages that this means. We analyze our soils at a mineral and microbiological level. We prepare our own phytosanitary products, with natural ingredients from the farm itself and with the help of our children. with natural ingredients from the farm itself and with the help of our children. We apply these products to apply soil microbiology. For us it is the most important. We use machines that we have manufactured with my father, also using GPS technology. We design with systems that assist the natural movement of water. This is one of our cereal fields where we work with the keyline design. where we work with the keyline design. We use very efficient irrigation systems. We were pioneers in our country in the use of underground and localized irrigation. When we take care of our crops we save on fuel and we save on fertilizer. And we like a lot to play with biodiversity. For example, we have recovered some bunkers from the Spanish civil war. To house bats that help us fight the main pests we have in our crops such as vineyards and olive trees. We have come to tell you that we have found our way. We have come to tell you that we have found our way. A way that has facilitated us to continue with our passions, share them with our family, and transmit them to other farmers. Now we are dedicated to this. To help them create more more productive projects at the social level, at the environmental level and above all at the economic level.

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