According to the definition of the Global Network of Lighthouse Farms, sponsored by Wageningen University, a Lighthouse Farm (LHF) is an existing, competitive, real-world integrated farm that is “already in 2050” in terms of its ability to provide food and ecosystem services in a sustainable way. Such a farm demonstrates what can be achieved by taking advantage of innovative solutions that can generate positive biophysical and socioeconomic impacts. Lighthouse farms are defined according to different types of land use: farms, forests, industrial areas and urban areas.
Specifically, lighthouse farms are:
- pioneering farms where innovative models of soil and environmental protection are adopted, reducing impacts;
- infrastructures of change in agriculture, promoted by the European Commission’s Mission “A Soil Deal for Europe”;
- the laboratories on the ground where innovative techniques developed by the Research infrastructures (The Living Labs) for soil and environmental protection are put into practice;
- the meeting points and territorial hubs for stakeholder awareness;
- production realities related to and typical of a given territorial context, which want to influence and inspire other realities and territories, leading to an overall increase in the sustainability of soil management practices;
- promoters and implementers of research promoted by Living Labs, with whom they dialogue to apply new knowledge in the field;
The Re Soil Foundation welcomes the definition, role and purpose of LHFs as characterizing elements of the network of LHFs that will be promoted in the Italian territory.