(ANSA) – MILAN, 06 MAY – Where before there was an uncultivated land today there is an Agribosco in which agricultural fields coexist together with what will become a wood with about 3 thousand native plants. On the occasion of Cibus 2022 Barilla opened the doors of its Agribosco, a redeveloped area of 23 hectares (more than 30 football fields) adjacent to the Parma pasta factory and the company’s headquarters. The area will be open and usable by the local community as well as by employees and even the little ones will be able to discover the wheat from which pasta is made thanks to visits that will be organized for schools.
The project was carried out with Legambiente and AzzeroCO2.
The goal is also to create a kilometer of fully planted land along the motorway thanks to the involvement of the companies that, in addition to Barilla, are present in the area of the Pedrignano plant.
According to AzzeroCO2 estimates, AgriBosco will absorb over 13,000 kg of CO2 every year for the next 100 years. In the area you can see fields of soft wheat, with flowers and houses for bees and pollinating insects, fields of durum wheat for pasta, sunflower fields that remind us of the choice to eliminate palm oil. A choice on which, they let the company know, there is no turning back, despite the difficulty of finding the raw materials of this period. In fact, Barilla is guaranteeing the continuity of supply of sunflower oil.
The Barilla plant in Pedrignano is the largest pasta factory in the world and is sustainable: the wheat arrives by train thanks to a special railway junction in operation since 2015 and the production of pasta is largely dedicated to foreign markets. Thanks to the creation of the railway hub, Barilla has taken 5,000 trucks off the roads a year and thanks to the new plants, the use of electricity in the pasta production phase has been reduced by almost 25%. (HANDLE).