Agriculture & fishing : 

Alternatives of pollution 

 

   So-called intensive agriculture pollutes the atmosphere, waterways and the soil. Cattle and chemical fertilizers are responsible for 55% of air pollution linked to human activities, according to a study by the Earth Institute at the University of Colombia. Pesticides are also a colossal source of pollutionWorldwide, 4.6 million tonnes of chemical pesticides are sprayed into the environment each year. They are then leached into the soil and end up in groundwater and waterways. Currently, more than 700 emerging pollutants, their metabolites and transformation products are listed as being present in the European aquatic environment. In addition, many pesticides are recognized as being carcinogenic. They therefore pose problems for the living world.

 

    Finally, nitrogenous products (nitrates) and phosphates cause imbalances in the environments that receive runoff or infiltration water from agriculture. These are elements that feed in excess of the often unwanted algae that take the place of any other form of life because of their overdevelopment. It is a cause of eutrophication.


   It therefore seems important to find alternatives to the chemicals used in agriculture, in particular for research and innovation.

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Ramonville-Ste-Agne

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Micro Pep

Micro Pep is a company that promotes the discovery of new natural molecules present in plants to allow them to detach themselves from synthetic chemicals. For this, the technique is based on natural, transient and localized genetic regulation to help the plant cope with climate change, disease and to fight against unwanted weeds.

Innovant

Ecology

Local

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Pessac

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ImmunRise Biocontrol

Its goal is to find innovative solutions in biocontrol aimed at replacing synthetic pesticides, in accordance with the Ecophyto plan. ImmunRise Biocontrol searches for these solutions in nature. Currently in the development phase, the company will soon market a biopesticide that would solve the downy mildew problem.

Innovant

Sustainability

Ecology

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Zaragoza

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UNIZAR Engineering Master Team Project

This is a project directed by the university of Zaragoza. The principle is based on the capture and the use of methane of pig farms for its subsequent use in energy. 

Innovant

Local

Social & solidarity

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Langon

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TooPi Organics

TooPi Organics is a company created in 2018 specializing in the production of biological inputs based on urine more efficient than mineral inputs. It is an ecological and economical solution which makes it possible to respond to the problem of recycling human urine. To harvest this biological input, the company has created clean and flexible collection systems that they provide to professionals to promote the circular economy. As a result, it allows human urine to be recycled while reducing the use of drinking water that is contaminated when flushing and thus reduces the use of chemical fertilizers on farms.

Innovant

Local

Sustainability

Ecology

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Zaragoza

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Zgreens

Pioneering initiative with which it already produces and markets edible fresh micro-vegetables that grow without soil and without seeing sunlight. They also sow seeds without chemical treatment and by means of hydroponic cultivation with recirculation of irrigation water, reducing water consumption by 90%.

Innovant

Local

Sustainability

Ecology

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Lacq

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M2I Life Sciences

M2I Life Sciences is an industrial player in the chemical industry present in the animal and plant bio-control sector as well as in the health sector. It is a world leader in the field of pheromones for crop protection and animal health. Biocontrol is the set of biological protection methods replicating intra-species behavior and natural mechanisms of pests and diseases. Their missions are to apply scientific advances to the challenges of agroecology while supporting local employment.

Innovant

Ecology

Local

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Aragón

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Life Arimeda (CITA)

Project integrated in the LIFE program, coordinated by the Center for Research and Agrifood Technology of Aragon (CITA). It directs its efforts towards obtaining a significant reduction in ammonia volatilization when the slurry is applied in crop fields as organic fertilizer. Enhancement of the reuse of nutrients in agricultural areas of extensive irrigated crops. In this way, in addition to reducing ammonia emissions, it is possible to optimize the recycling of nutrients, closing the slurry cycle.

Innovant

Economy

Sustainability

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