The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture - ALAS - is now under way. It is made up of general professional agricultural organizations ASAJA and UPA, which operate at the national level, along with Agro-Food Cooperatives of Spain, FEPEX and the Spanish Association for Live Soil Conservation Agriculture (AEAC.SV). Its goal is to promote economically, socially and environmentally sustainable agricultural production. The aim is to raise awareness of the real situation of the food production sector and reduce the gap between the rural and urban worlds.
The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture has a decalogue of situations and challenges from the Spanish farming panorama that contains an analysis of land value, the safety of agriculturally produced food, the use of regulated technologies based on science, the needs and demands of society in agro-food matters, etcetera, all of which will serve lay the groundwork for presenting the food production sector’s situation and defending its role before institutions, administrations, and the public in general.
As established by the ALAS Alliance decalogue, it is very important to trust in scientific criteria and not base decisions on ideological intentions that may have repercussions in the farming sector and the whole of Spanish society. In addition, ALAS believes that the European Union has one of the highest food safety standards in the world, largely thanks to the robust body of legislation in force in the EU, which guarantees that food is safe for consumers.
Regarding the use of traditional tools and techniques, farmers cannot use the methods of the past to produce food for more than 46 million Spaniards, more than 80 million tourists a year, and millions of other consumers worldwide who import Spanish produce. Therefore, the latest technologies in plant improvement, precision agriculture, supported by the science of data, digitization and geo-positioning of equipment and machines, which help optimise the use of the water, farmland and the application of inputs such as fertilizers and phytosanitary products, promote the viability of agricultural production.