Preserve the Earth and all life

Alongside our farmers, we work the land and tend to the animals, taking great care of our resources. We develop farming, production and processing activities which respect the environment. We take pride in quality of life for the animals and preserving natural biodiversity.

Respecting the environment and natural resources

PréserverPreserving the quality and quantity of water resources

  • By reducing water consumption in our processing activities

    Horizon 2025: 
    10% less water consumption per volume of finished product
  • By improving processing and recycling of wastewater in our sites

    84% of wastewater from our sites is processed or pre-processed before outflow. 16% is pure water from the evaporation process in the milk industry or rinse water from apples and vegetables. This water is re-used for spray irrigating the fields.
     
  • By encouraging crop varieties that are the most resistant to water stress

Fighting waste

  • By increasing the part of raw farm materials we use or recycle and targeting zero waste by 2025

    96% of waste and sub-products from our sites in France in 2016 was repurposed for energy or for wastewater sludge spreading or recycled as animal feed or green compost or for the paper/plastic industry.

Encouraging the reduction of chemical farming products

  • By advising farmers about suitable technical choices and offering alternative solutions or tools to reduce their consumption of chemical pesticides and fertilisers.

    Horizon 2025:
    100% of members committed to use decision-making tools to reduce input consumption

    300 farming and vet technicians and experts who experiment and roll-out alternative techniques and tools to Agrial member farmers.

    12 Dephy farms working within the Ecophyto framework plan, committed to reduce their treatment frequency index by 25% by 2020. 
    > 100% of the plant varieties in the Cooperative catalogue have increased tolerance to disease, aggressive bio-agents and water stress.
    > 37,000 hectares of crops are covered by Farmstar, a satellite image analysis tool which can modulate nitrogen input to match the plot’s diversity. 
    > 6,000 hectares of crops are covered by Atlas, a modelling tool that helps prevent risks of disease by only treating crops as a last resort.
    > 6,000 hectares of rapeseed covered by sowing earlier varieties in strips or mixed into the plot, to deter damaging insects and reduce spring pesticide operations.
    > 13,000 hectares covered with a natural iron phosphate slug repellent as an alternative to active materials.
    > 300 hectares of orchards (13 farmers) are testing bio-control techniques as an alternative to chemical products.
    > 100% of lettuce production for the Florette brand is certified. Read more: LEAF
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Our CSR commitments

Florette’s Clean-Dry-Safe project

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Primeurs de France repurposes its ugly vegetables

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Adivalor: collecting farm waste

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Respecting animals and biodiversity
  • Préserver animaux et biodiversitéActing for animal well-being

    • By ensuring the commitment of our member farms to an inter-professional farming charter

      Horizon 2025:
      100% of member farms committed to an inter-professional charter

      > 97% of dairy farmers committed to a charter for best farming practices and 1,500 audit visits carried out by milk technicians.
      > 99% of goat farmers committed to a mutual best practice code for goat farming 
       
    • By helping farmers implement farming conditions which respect the 5 fundamental freedoms of animals as described by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE): 
  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigour; 
  2. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment; 
  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention and treatment; 
  4. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering; and 
  5. Freedom to express normal behaviour by providing sufficient space and proper facilities 

    Horizon 2025:
    100% of member farms comply with the OIE’s five fundamental freedoms 
    100% of member farms committed to reducing medication.
  • En développant les techniques de prévention des maladies

    Horizon 2025: 
    100 % des élevages adhérents engagés dans une démarche de démédication.

Protecting biodiversity

  • By preserving soils, living biomass reserves

    100 % of members were using techniques to restore organic matter in 2016
     
  • By preserving and enhancing areas of ecological interest, biodiversity refuge areas: hedges, pastures, grassy areas...

    > In dairy farming, biodiversity refuge areas represent 150% of cultivated land (sample of 497 member farms surveyed)
    > 300 beehives set up in 580 hectares of orchards to improve the pollination of apple trees and help restore biodiversity areas.

 

Help to fight climate change
  • Préserver climatReduce Agrial’s energy consumption

    • By reducing site energy consumption

      Horizon 2025 : 
      10 % less energy consumption in sites
    • By reducing fuel consumption
    • By improving packaging
  • Help farmers fight climate change

    • By offering members advice on how to reduce energy consumption on their farms
    • By helping members with carbon audits for their farms 
    • By testing and improving solutions to reduce or capture greenhouse gas emissions
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