The failure of high-intensity production systems to protect the land
Italian agriculture has no foreign enemies to endanger it,
it is itself, hyper-productively conducted and aimed at export,
the cause of the undermining dangers.
For some time now there have been outcries that, no less, evoke the danger of the disappearance of the Italian agricultural production: ranging from those launched during the National Fruit and Vegetable Day (Farewell to 100 million fruit trees!), the appeal for support for the production of national durum wheat launched by a farmers’ organization in Puglia, to the statements made a couple of days ago at Macfrut (a major fruit and vegetable fair held in Rimini) in front of President Mattarella to whom, somewhat paradoxically, the problems resulting from the drought that has affected agriculture in the area in recent months were highlighted, just as a cloudburst was occurring that would drop the same amount of rain in two days as should have had fallen in the previous months.
Orchards allegedly disappeared over the past 15 years due to the loss of 100,000 ha of crops. However, what is thecause? No mention is made of the use of agricultural land for different purposes, unrestrained urbanization and, at the root of it all, the free-market economic system that, by aiming everything at a maximum profit, concentrates production where there is the greatest profitability, often outside of Italy.