The Integrated production (IP), sometimes called Integrated Agriculture, is a production system which uses practices that are suitable with the protection and improvement of environment, the natural resources, the genetic diversity and the conservation of soil and landscape.
The IP is an agricultural production system which is halfway between organic farming and the industrial or traditional one. Unlike the organic farming the Integrated Production allows the use of artificial chemical products (fertilizers, pesticides, etc.). However we try to use them as less as possible and their use is limited by technical standards for each crop and only permitted if there are no other viable alternatives.
The International organisation for Biological Control (IOBC) defines the Integrated Production as “a farming system for food production that uses as many natural regulation mechanisms and resources as possible and guarantees a viable and sustainable agriculture in the long-term. The organic methods, the farming techniques or chemical processes are chosen carefully searching for a balance between environment, profit and social requirements”.
The products that are grown under this system meet the consumers’ demands since they are increasingly more committed to environment and more demanding on food quality and security. It then guarantees not only more internal and external quality for the product but also a decrease of pesticides and other chemicals and better management and planning for the farming.