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Determination of carbon footprint in industrial tomato and tomato oak type for the production of high added value products

  • Financing: Hellenic Rural Development Program (RDP) 2014 – 2020 – Sub-measure 16.1 – 16.5, (2020)

  • Project Code: M16SYN-00939

  • Partners: FoodStandard A.E., IPBGR - ELGO Dimitra, A.S "Ilias Kipos"

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Agricultural activity is one of the main sources of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide), especially through the storage of carbon in soil organic matter and biomass. In particular, 12% of greenhouse gas emissions and 70% of water use worldwide concern the agricultural sector, making it one of the main activities worldwide that adversely affect the environment. At the same time, the reduction of cultivated land due to the large increase in production costs in relation to maintaining the average producer price at low levels is particularly worrying. The purpose of this proposal is, through the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of industrial tomato and acorn-type tomato crops, the reduction of inputs, with improvements that can be made at each stage of production and control of carbon dioxide emissions, with with the ultimate aim of reducing production costs for the benefit of farmers. The proposal will take into account all the processes related to the stages of cultivation, such as land preparation, seedling production/transplantation, fertilization, irrigation, harvesting and packaging. The proposed methodology will lead to safer products with designation of origin and ecological labels, such as the Product Carbon Footprint (PFC), which will add commercial value to the produced product, strengthen the sustainability of the farm and contribute to the protection of the environment and the reduction of CO2 emissions.

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