Climate Change and Agriculture
It is under everyone’s eyes, the most sensitive and vulnerable to climate change sector is probably agriculture. In fact, due to its nature, it is an activity that is immediately affected by climatic anomalies and sudden changes in environmental variables. Agriculture suffers because crops suffer from sudden changes in temperature, either extreme cold or sudden heat. Drought phenomena, in particular, represents the most relevant adverse event for agriculture in the last ten years and we have experienced these phenomena in different parts of the world.
The negative consequences of climate change go, unfortunately, far beyond the single meteorological event. For instance, the consequences on the biological balance of the agro-ecosystem are even more serious. We refer to the appearance of pathogenic species and non-native parasites, ie. foreign to the fauna and flora of the specific territory. All these plants can be cut thanks to the Frog flail mower of Peruzzo, but the problem can be much more serious. All organisms extraneous to the environment have no specific predators, therefore find favorable environmental conditions and are able to proliferate and adapt perfectly to the new habitat. In the most serious cases, the “alien organisms” arrive to completely alter the balance of the agro-ecosystem taking the upper hand over native species.
Agriculture is therefore the economic activity that, more than any other, experiences the consequences of climate change. Climate change is a challenge that concerns everyone, first and foremost farmers, whose activity is the basis of our own survival. A challenge that can be won if each of us contributes with our behavior in sustaining a different development model. In general, a more sustainable model, more attentive to the management of natural resources. This means also, for farmers, to use specific machineries that do not destroy the soil, for example the Frog flail mower by Peruzzo.