The World Environment Day, which is celebrated every year on June 5th, represents an important opportunity to reflect on the problems that damage the Planet and its ecosystem.
The 2019 edition, hosted by China, will revolve around the theme of the fight against air pollution. Reducing vehicle emissions would be a decisive step towards improving air quality, as well as adopting cleaner combustibles for cooking, heating and lighting homes.
Even in agriculture, there are many sources of air pollution: livestock, which produces methane and ammonia, the use of chemicals and the combustion of agricultural waste. To reduce harmful emissions in this sector, farmers can intervene on the level of methane produced by livestock by optimizing the digestibility of feed and improving the management of pastures. Other fronts on which to commit for are the collection and disposal of solid waste, but also to separate organic waste and turn it into compost, to improve soil fertility and provide an alternative energy source. Reducing the amount of all lost or wasted food can also improve air quality.
And all of us? What can we do? Choosing an organic diet would already be a starting point. Eating organic means protecting the environment by respecting the natural fertility of the soil and renouncing the harmful use of pesticides and herbicides.
Probios, which has always shared and supported the values that animate this event, is daily committed to putting in place more responsible behaviors towards the environment, in the belief that selling organic products contributes to making our world better.
Another objective of the 49th edition of World Environment Day is to raise public awareness on the danger that exists around the extinction of multiple animal and plant species. Deforestation, smuggling of rare species, unsustainable agricultural activities and indiscriminate use of pesticides are practices that put our precious biodiversity at risk. We have to react immediately to reverse this trend, as, as stated by the president of the Earth Day Network Kathleen Rogers: "The next extinction could be that of us humans”.