Bio2 Final Conference

Next Tuesday 8th January 2019, the final conference of the Bio2 project will be held at the Congress centre of the University Campus of Parma.

The aim of the project was to increase the competitiveness of mountain and high hill farms through the valorisation of cereal Biodiversity in organic farming.

After an introduction on the project, the partners  of the project will present the results obtained during the years of experimentation.
Presentations by Alessandra Sommovigo (CREA), Giovanni Dinelli (University of Bologna), Giuseppe Desantis (Rete Semi Rurali) and Marianna Guareschi (University of Parma) will allow to deepen some issues related to legislative innovations regarding seed certifications, organic farming and its valorisation and the new cereal value chains in Europe.
The presentations will introduce the Round Table discussion between Roberto Ranieri (Open Fields, moderator), the Regional Minister for Agriculture, Hunting and Fishing Simona Caselli, Silvio Grassi (Molino Grassi) and the farmers partners of the project.

Here the schedule of the event and the link for registration.

Bio2 will attend the “Festival Cittaslow dedicated to biodiversity”

Bio2 will attend the event “Cittaslow Festival dedicated to Biodiversity”, which will be held at Felina di Castelnovo ne Monti, RE (27-29 July 2018).

On Saturday 28th morning at 10 am, the Bio2 project will be introduced, with the presentation “Bio2: ancient grains and mixtures, an opportunity for the Apennines”.

Open Fields, Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard, Molino Grassi with Silvio Grassi and the two local farms partners of the project, Bismantova and Angus, will attend the event, and will debate on the first results of the project and the two years of experimentation. Finally, there will be a tasting of products made with flours obtained from Bio2 ancient grains and mixtures.

The Festival has been dedicated to the theme of Biodiversity since last year, and this year’s edition intends to deepen specifically the biodiversity of cereals, with the aim of enhancing the production of cereals with biological methods, the rediscovery of different genotypes of ancient grains and the production of different traditional varieties.

More information at the website link and in the leaflet.

Visits to the experimental fields of the SOiLUTION and BIO2 projects

Today, June 18th 2018, the event “Visits of the experimental fields of SOiLUTION and BIO2 projects” was held at Compiano (PR).

Mario Marini, chef and owner of Azienda Agricola-Vitivinicola Biologica and Agriturismo “Il cielo di Strela”, partner of SOiLUTION, made and offered us a breakfast with delicious cakes made with the flour of the Bio2 project. Afterwards, Antonio Rossetti introduced the project; Agronomist Cristina Piazza (Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard) and Doct. Agronomist Marco Errani presented the results of the field trials carried out with the aim to introduce and adapt conservation agriculture practices (including cover crops) on farms located in hilly and mountain areas.
Lastly, Prof. Giacomo Zanni ( Consorzio Futuro in Ricerca (CFR)), illustrated the aims and objectives of action 3 of the project: to carry out a multi-criteria analysis of the results in order to assess the benefits achieved through the adoption of conservation agriculture practices.

After the presentation of the Bio2 project, we visited the experimental fields of “Il cielo di Strela” farm, and the small and big plots of the Bio2 project at “Angus” farm; finally, the owner Luca Marcora offered us a delicious lunch at his farmhouse “Le Carovane”.

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Bio2 at the 1st International Conference of Wheat Landraces for healthy food system

Bologna, June 13-15, 2018. Bio2 participates at the 1st International Conference of Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems, which brings together like-minded scientists to discuss the topics of landraces, including modern populations, ancient and heritage wheat with a focus on health and nutrition as well as natural flavors and aromas.

These scientists have recognized the many problems that many modern wheat varieties are causing and have been studying alternatives to this kind of modern wheat as well as current industrialized farming systems and high speed, high volume food processing models.

Researchers and expert scientists from research institutes, academia and industry have been invited to present their recent findings and visions about the research, development, processing of wheat landraces within  6 subject areas: wheat, production, processing, nutritional and medical considerations, economic and market perspective.

As part of the 1st International Conference of Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems, the local host planned a field day to showcase a variety of wheat landraces, including those sent in by conference participants.

Here the poster of the BIO2 project presenting the first agronomic, nutritional and chemical results of the first year of experimentation.

Visits to the experimental fields of the Bio2 project – 2nd year of experimentation

Tuesday, June 12th the event: “VISITS TO EXPERIMENTAL FIELDS OF BIO2”, was held at Bismantova Farm (Castelnovo Monti, RE).

Before visiting the small and big plots, the agronomical, chemical and nutritional results of the first year of experimentation were presented to the participants and an update on the progress of the second year of experimentation was shared.

The agronomic results were presented by Cristina Piazza, Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard, and by Prof. Salvatore Ceccarelli.

Prof. Chiara Dall’Asta and Margherita Dall’Asta, Department of Food and Drug, University of Parma, presented the first results of the chemical and nutritional analysis on wheat, flour and breads made during the first year of experimentation.

The event was attended by Dr. Antonio Lo Fiego from the Arcoiris (Arcoiris, organic and biodynamic seeds company)and the Mayor of Castelnovo Monti, Enrico Bini.

Afterwards, the gronomist of the Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard guided visitors through the experimental fields describing the Triticum ancient species and historical varieties sown in purity and mixes.

We would remind you that Monday, June 18th, the visits to the experimental fields of the projects SOiLUTION and BIO2, will be held at Il Cielo di Strela farm (Strela di compiano, PR) and then at Angus farm (Compiano, PR). We look forward to seeing you all!

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The meeting, organized in collaboration by the National Academy of Agriculture and Academy Italian Cuisine – Bologna Delegation of Bentivoglio, has focused the attention on the productive, nutritional and historical values of two of the excellence of the “Made in Italy” agri-food sector.

In the afternoon of Wednesday, May 30th, at Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio in Bologna, the conference “Bread and pasta the value of the grains” was held, the second meeting of “I mercoledì dell’Archignnasio”, a series of conferences dedicated to Italian food and wine excellences. The meeting was inaugurated by the greetings of Prof. Giorgio Cantelli Forti, President of the National Academy of Agriculture, and Prof. Rosanna Scipioni, Deputy Managing of the Italian Academy of Cooking – Bologna Delegation of Bentivoglio.

Roberto Ranieri, as invited speaker, with the presentation “Value of the product”, provided important numbers on pasta and bread: “In Italy we consume 24 kg/year per capita of pasta and about 60 kg/year per capita of bread, focaccia and pizzas from artisan ovens. Italians consume almost 100 kg/year of durum wheat and common wheat products. In Italy pasta consumption is decreasing, while abroad and especially in Africa it is increasing, but this may not be bad for national production. Italy proposes itself as a skilled transformer of raw materials into food considered Italy’s strengths world-wide. Today, consumers are focusing on consumption of soups and cereals, but some types of pasta are meeting a great interest, as, for example, organic products, gluten-free or “premium” products.


Visits to the experimental fields of BIO2 and SOiLUTION projects

On June 12th and 18th, the experimental fields of the Innovation project BIO2 and SOiLTION will be shown to all interested people.

Tuesday, June 12th the event will be held at Bismantova farm (Castelnovo Ne’Monti, RE), where the results of BIO2 first year of experimentation will be presented.

On Monday, 18th June the visits to the experimental fields of SOiLUTION and BIO2 projects will take place at Il Cielo di Strela farm (Strela di Compiano, PR), where the two projects will be illustrated and the experimental fields of SOiLUTION will be visited, and at Angus farm (Compiano, PR – Bio2 project).

More details in the schedule of the events.

Bio2 will participate at the Organic and Local product Festival

Next Sunday 27th May, the Organic and Local Product Festival will be held at Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard. The event, organized by FederBio in collaboration with Stuard, is dedicated to the presentation of the most relevant realities of our territory both as certified organic producers, and for those that represent innovation and speciality in the agri-food sector.

The event will start at 9.00 am; for the entire day the market of producers will be set up, enriched with dissemination activities and conferences dedicated to the highlight of the benefits of the organic farming and the promotion of organic and local producers.

As described in the schedule, the Bio2 project will be presented and the official video of the project will be shown to all the participants.

The lunch will be made by the producers themselves and the bread made with the flour of the Bio2 project will be distributed for the creation of the picnic.

We look forward to seeing you all!