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Agriculture in Italy is well developed thanks to our assorted territory and abundance of water, enabling us to obtain a mixed variety of high-quality fruit and vegetable products.

Due to the long and narrow conformation of our peninsula, agricultural products from the south of Italy must cross long distances, up to 1000km. or more, to be distributed throughout the national territory. This type of distribution is sadly still done by means of lorries crossing km. of highways, which is not only polluting, but also very expensive. The ideal means of transportation is the railway, which is less polluting and much cheaper, but unfortunatelly it still isn't organized efficiently. This is an every-day problem for many producers, imagine for instance a Sicilian citrus producer who needs to make his products travel up to 1300 km, often all by lorry, to be able to sell them in the markets in the northern part of Italy.

One local food program in my region worth to mention is Biorekk (www.biorekk.it).

The program aims to develop individual and collective choices that are sustainable and socially equitable. The program delivers to its signed members fresh crates of seasonal fruits and vegetables produced naturally with organic/biologic methods. Crates are delivered in fixed points of collection on a weekly basis. The program ensures “zero km” products distribution, benefits for local farmers that ensure natural, quality products and benefits for the consumers that can safely know what they’re going to eat.


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Comment by Cian Gregory Accuardi Shelley on March 12, 2010 at 11:30pm
railway is such an underused system.

i'd think that on a peninsula, boats would be a good mode of transportation. am i wrong?

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