By choosing to grow organic products at AUGA farms, we are already reducing our environmental footprint. We apply min-till farming technologies that preserve the natural biodiversity of the soil, and we are currently developing a closed-loop model, using waste from other agricultural activities. We are also using green electricity. However, we understand that this is not enough to deliver food with no cost to nature.
We are on a sustainability journey to radically reduce emissions for each of our products and achieve climate neutrality by 2030. We want to tell you how we are doing this.
AUGA organic farms grow a variety of grains, which are used to produce AUGA grain products: wheat, rye, and spelt flour, oatmeal, and flavoured porridge. The farms comply with the necessary organic standards – plants are fertilised only with natural fertilisers, no pesticides or other chemicals are used.
However, this is not enough to make the entire food production chain, which today is responsible for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions, more sustainable. For change to happen, AUGA is creating innovative technologies that will allow to grow crops needed for grain products with no cost to nature.
Today, regenerative crop rotation is used on our farms. It differs from usual crop rotation (periodic change of 2–3 cultures each year) in that cereal crops (wheat, barley, oats, rye) are replaced by perennial grasses (such as alfalfa or clover) or leguminous crops (such as peas, beans, soy), capable of fixing nitrogen in the soil. This approach reduces the need for organic fertilisers, which also cause emissions.
In 2021, AUGA introduced the hybrid biomethane and electric AUGA M1 tractor for professional use, which will allow more sustainable crop production. It allows to work the land without using fossil fuels, while saving up to 30% of total operating emissions. We plan that as early as 2022 these tractors will be used on AUGA farms and significantly contribute to a more sustainable food production chain.