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In harmony with nature
South Tyrolean farmers have always set store by the freshness and quality of their products and their transparent production. Today, integrated and organic farming is more important than ever. What has been taken for granted in South Tyrol for a long time was finally made official in 1988 with the
Workgroup for Integrated Fruit Production (AGRIOS)
: sustainable production of quality fruit. Today, 96% of South Tyrol’s orchardists follow the strict guidelines of the association.
Integrated cultivation – bound to quality
What characterizes integrated cultivation? The orchardist makes it his goal to
keep the natural balance of the fruit orchard
. Insect-eating birds, hedgehogs, ladybugs and other
natural beneficial adversaries of pests are protected
. Intervention is only implemented when necessary to protect plants and fruits. In addition, the farmer also takes care of soil fertility and health.
Integrated cultivation is subject to
which guarantees healthy and high-quality apples. Furthermore, thanks to a comprehensive
system of quality control
in South Tyrol, the complete processing cycle is retraceable in order to guarantee the adherence of all guidelines regarding hygiene and food safety.
In the production of South Tyrolean apples, plant protection measures are only used when other ecological measures are no longer effective. With strict limitations:
the measures used may not pose acute danger to man and animals
, must be quickly biodegradable and gentle on water, soil and air. The residues remaining always lie far below the legal limits. All prescribed guidelines for integrated fruit production in South Tyrol are available on the
website of AGRIOS.
South Tyrol is, with approx. 41,000 tons annually, Europe’s largest organic apple producer. And a true pioneer in organics. In the eighties, South Tyrolean orchardists had already started producing apples according to organic guidelines. Today,
about 10% of the total harvest is cultivated organically
. Organic apples in South Tyrol are grown according to two methods: on the one hand,
with nature-oriented methods and without the use of chemically synthesized plant protection and fertilizing measures; on the other hand,
, which checks every measure for its effect on the entire ecosystem and where the influence of the constellations is taken into account.
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