Let us try to reason together: to make cheese you need milk, to make milk you need a cow, to farm a cow you need a farmer, to work, what does a farmer need? Passion, a barn, farm equipment, fields and… incentives! Brutally speaking, money.
But then, is it all that simple? As a South Tyrolean farmer would well answer: «Jein». Yes and no. In short, and as it often happens “it depends”.
The Society for the Study and Enhancement of Alpine Livestock Systems (“SoZooAlp”) defines the dissemination of «the productive, social, cultural, ecological, tourist and educational importance of livestock activities implemented in the Alpine Arc» as its first objective .
Because while it is true that livestock activity alone is aimed at food production, increasingly – and especially for mountainous areas – diversification of agricultural activity is an essential tool for economic, social and cultural growth and integration.
Connecting the two aspects of production diversification and energy crisis was well addressed at October’s “First Summit on Mountain Livestock” in Bergamo. Among other actors, Alleanza Cooperative Agroalimentari, which brings together most of the milk collection and processing cooperatives operating in mountain territories, joined the summit.