Even Greener – the sustainable potato calculator

The potato is a sustainable choice. It has a very small carbon footprint, compared to rice or wheat. Now, with the introduction of the Ever Greener project, that footprint can be even smaller.

The calculator developed by HZPC experts provides potato producers with a tool tailored to the needs and requirements of the farm and allows to reduce its impact on the environment.

Each farm has different conditions and environmental factors in the area of ​​cultivation, which affects what characteristics of the potato guarantee the yield. To help farmers improve their economic performance while reducing the environmental impact of crops, HZPC has developed the digital Even Greener calculator – available online on this website.

With the help of the calculator, farmers can transform their knowledge and experience into useful tips for sustainable and economically viable potato cultivation. The tool uses the internal knowledge base of HZPC and matches the appropriate potato variety, which will develop the highest possible yield, reduce cultivation costs, and thus improve the profitability of this production. This solution also gives access to the most sustainable varieties of potatoes, with a lower impact on the environment, and even less carbon footprint than traditional varieties.

The calculator is based on the analysis of the five most important parameters that were determined by HZPC specialists. The individual potato varieties must meet them in order to be considered as sustainable. These are:

  • Marketable yield
  • Fertilizer
  • Storablilty,
  • Crop protection
  • Fresh water use.

HZPC is a company that operates all over the world, including Poland, and deals with the production of potato seedlings and is a member of the Association of Sustainable Agriculture in Poland “ASAP”.

Potato Days 2021

On October 3, 2021, the virtual conference “Potato Days 2021” organized by HZBC will take place. During the event, there will be inspiring speakers dealing with the topic of seed potatoes.

The event is open to all interested. To participate in the meetings, you need to register at: hzpcpotatodays.com. This year, the conference will be hybrid – you can take part in it both online and at the physical event. The live show starts at 3.30 PM CET. This starting time has been chosen to allow people from all over the world to take part in the event. The program of the event is constantly updated on a regular basis – we invite you to follow the news and updates of the program on the conference website.

HZPC is a company that operates all over the world, including Poland, and deals with the production of potato seedlings. In Poland, HZPC serves the edible potato, fries and crisps sectors. Individual varieties are delivered both from Dutch and local plantations. Polish breeders cooperating with the company not only meet the high requirements in terms of seed potato quality standards, but also share common values, such as trusted partnership in business, care for the natural environment and social responsibility. HZPC is a member of the Association of Sustainable Agriculture in Poland “ASAP”.

We are ready to pay more for sustainable food

The sustainable agricultural market is growing dynamically and in the medium term it has a chance to achieve the value of PLN 64.6 billion. 75% of Polish people want to buy sustainable food and they are ready to pay even 20% more for it.

According to Małgorzata Bojańczyk, Director of the Polish Association of Sustainable Agriculture ASAP, organic agricultural products are well managed by the niche between conventional and organic food produced.

Customers’ increasing awareness of the role of food in their lives as well as their desire to protect the climate and environment and to maintain acceptable food prices have given rise to a new business opportunity. It is sustainable agriculture products: commodities and the processed food products, on which Poles are capable of spending as much as PLN 64.61 billion per annum even in the medium term. It is an opportunity for expanding this niche market into a mass one.

The market growth will be additionally supported by an EU policy and subsidies allocated to the development of sustainable agricultural practices in farms, the green approach of financial institutions and a continued development of digitization.

The recording was created in cooperation with the agronomist.pl portal, created by BNP Paribas. Agronomist provides access to tools for farmers and processors such as: weather services, farm management system, satellite field monitoring, expert search engine and question-and-answer module, access to professional and free-of-charge information on prices and market trends, professional loan calculators and calendar of industry events.

Sustainable agriculture protects the climate

The Association of Sustainable Agriculture in Poland “ASAP” together with experts from the Climate Coalition and European Carbon Farmers published a list of regenerative practices that help prevent climate change and reduce the sensitivity of farms to the effects of global warming.

Regenerative practices are all activities of farmers that lead to restoring nature’s cycles, improving soil food and water status, increasing biodiversity and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They are an integral part of sustainable agriculture, which refers to all activities reducing the environmental impact of agriculture while retaining its profitability and securing its societal acceptance.

Agriculture, on one hand is a sector that is most exposed to the effects of climate change, but on the other hand it is also a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, actions to stop the climate disaster will also have to be carried out by farmers. In order for them to be effective and efficient, public support for their implementation will be necessary. By changing cultivation techniques, it is possible to increase the amount of carbon absorbed and ensure its permanent storage in soil and biomass, and reduce the leakage of nitrous oxide from soils. Modern methods of animal feeding and breeding will reduce methane emissions. It is in our common interest that it is profitable for farmers to implement these measures.

– said Dr Zbigniew M. Karaczun, Professor at WULS-SGGW, expert at the Climate Coalition.

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The most important regenerative practices include:

  • precise use of production means such as fertilizers, plant protection products, machines or seeds
  • prudent soil management and no tillage
  • covering the soil with vegetation all year round by adding cover crops to crop rotation,
  • biodiversity development in the field, its outskirts and the entire farm,
  • appropriate use of the terrain around the farm, e.g. exclusion from cultivation of those areas that are constantly helpful.

Implementing sustainable agriculture, including regenerative practices, helps farmers obtain higher yields. This is due to improved soil health, mainly due to the increase in organic matter content, added Mateusz Ciasnocha from European Carbon Farmers.

The effects of implementing regenerative practices are not limited to environmental benefits. Meeting the requirements of the EU policy and the food industry in terms of climate sustainability and protection helps improve the competitive position of the farm.

– summed up Małgorzata Bojańczyk, Director of the Association of Sustainable Agriculture in Poland “ASAP”.

The Association of Sustainable Agriculture in Poland “ASAP” is a non-commercial initiative of a group of companies and people representing various sectors of the food chain. The Association undertakes a number of activities to promote, educate and cooperate in the field of sustainable agriculture in Poland.