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For Biodiversity

What do we mean by biodiversity?

At Nutrition & Santé, taking care of biodiversity was an early part of our commitment. Long before the subject is in the news. Responsible agricultural sectors, support for organic farming, green spaces of industrial sites in sustainable management, we are developing concrete actions in favor of biodiversity on several levels. A fair return for these ecosystems that feed our future.

Some sectors and responsible agricultural practices

Biodiversity is becoming a recurrent topic in public debates ... but we regret that it is not at the heart of an ambitious collective issue.

At Nutrition & Santé, we have long been moved by the progressive disappearance of certain species. And we did not wait until 30% of birds and 80% of insects were identified in decline in Europe to act.
Through 2 pilot crops, wheat and soy, here are some illustrations of the commitments made by N & S for their protection:

• Wheat from our sustainable sourcing and bird protection

99% of our Gerblé recipes are made with wheat flour from our countryside.
Our 120 wheat growers partners commit themselves to join associations for the protection of species protected in their region such as the LPO (League for the Protection of Birds) or The ladies of the night (protection of bats).
In our three supply regions, four species of birds are protected: among them, the Little Owl, the Royal Kite, the bat and the Bustard. But also the Spotted Otter.
The commitments of these women and men, concerned with preserving the biodiversity of our regions do not stop there. They still express themselves through:
- agro-ecological practices so that our nourishing soils remain fertile:
     - cultivated plots away from any source of pollution,
     - Zero insecticide storage by natural ventilation of grains,
     - Refusal of Glyphosate on our plants for 17 years.
- protection and maintenance
     - water sources, hedges and isolated trees so that animals continue to nest there,
     - paths in proximity to plots cultivated to protect pollinating insects.

Find the biodiversity commitments on the Gerblé’site :

• Soybeans and the protection of insect polishers

Since the end of 2015, N & S has invested via its Southwest soybean sector in a program (Apisoja) over 5 years.
Objective: to improve the capacity of pollinating insects on soy farms for N & S, in Gers and Haute-Garonne.
Today they are forty producers (organic and conventional) who volunteered around this project. Tomorrow we hope for the whole industry!
• First step: a diagnosis of the strengths and weaknesses of the farm in terms of available food sources, possible shelter (variety of environments) and practices (treatments) for insect health.
• Then, improvement actions such as the diversification of cultivated plants on the farm, the sowing of flowering strips, the planting of hedgerows of appropriate species will be put in place to compensate for the weak points ...
• Some farmers took the initiative to install 440 hives on their farms. Creating new vocations around beekeeping and the production of local honey.

An organic offer well for Nature

Today in France, 30% of our activity is labeled “organic”; 20% internationally. For more than 40 years, the growing development of our organic references has favored the virtuous practices of organic farming, beneficial to the preservation of our biodiversity:
- manual or mechanical weeding to preserve soil fertility;
- exclusively organic fertilizers (no herbicide or chimical pesticide);
- crop rotation;
- growing legumes that capture nitrogen from the air without external input and enrich the soil.

Our industrial sites are “eco-friendly”

We take special care to maintain the natural areas of our production sites, mostly located in rural areas: no insecticide, manual or mechanical weeding, organic treatments if necessary.

In Revel (head office and 5 production sites), we have been engaged since 2015 and for 25 years, in the program of voluntary planting of local hedgerows of Carbone Local. A partnership between N & S, ARPE (Regional Association for the Environment) and Landscape of Autan, Lauragais planter organization, supported by the European Commission. With twenty or so native shrub species planted on its grounds, N & S promotes the maintenance of biological corridors for foragers and wildlife and soil water retention. Real carbon traps designed to be both useful ("windbreak" hedges for example), colorful and efficient in maintenance.
In total, more than 2.3 km of country hedgerows are planting our sites, it’s 276 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

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