Rai News 24, the Italian free-to-air television channel operated by state-owned public broadcaster RAI – Radiotelevisione italiana, interviewed Lucia Perugini of the CMCC foundation to talk about the carbon farming practices that are being tested in the project LIFE C-FARMs, in the episode dedicated to the 2022 Food&Science Festival of Mantua.
Lucia Perugini identified the three main strategies for growing food while absorbing carbon from the atmosphere: the reduction of tillage in the soil, the management of residues through their return to the soil (not removing them) and the maintenance of the ground cover even after the main crop, through cover crops.
One of the pilot projects financed by the European Commission to refine the methods of measuring and certifying the absorbed C is precisely the LIFE C-FARMs, which is experimenting its research in the Lombardy Region, and in which the various technical partners are “creating a system of certification to finance farmers who apply improvement practices, both in quantifying sequestered carbon and also building a certification system”. Lucia Perugini in the interview also added the innovation of the project for which “a GIS computer system is being built in which both the Lombardy Region can quantify the potential of the practices and the individual farmer can verify the potential of his own plot of land and then evaluate the options he can choose.”
By accessing the link you can see the complete service dedicated to the 2022 edition of the Food&Science Festival in Mantua, and from 2:40 the interview in which we talk about the LIFE C-FARMs project.
The link to watch the TV service is: https://www.rainews.it/video/2022/10/futuro24-foodscience-a-mantova-si-coltiva-conoscenza-681c05dd-c5c0-4172-bc12-2a3469127653.html?nxtep