Since the beginning of Trufas Igual Escriche, sustainability has been one of the pillars on which our black truffle Tuber Melanosporum stands. It is harvested in a traditional manner and is not in contact with any chemicals because they are not used in our fields. But is it important to embrace ecological and sustainable values when choosing black truffles?
In our opinion, yes.
Firstly, by producing respectfully, it is possible to slow down soil degradation and ensure the long-term sustainability of crops and black truffles. Furthermore, it will enable efficient agriculture, meeting the demand for food while simultaneously reducing environmental impact and costs associated with resource consumption. Lastly, because we want to meet our customers’ expectations. The profile of our customers has changed significantly in recent years, and ecological awareness in the black truffle market is a reality. Our customers don’t have to worry about the production of our black truffle as we adhere to sustainability standards that protect the environment.
Glyphosate, the pending issue in truffle farming
However, the market still has its shadows, and there are productions that continue to use glyphosate. Glyphosate is a non-selective broad-spectrum herbicide that can be absorbed by any type of plant that comes into contact with it, as explained in Very Well Health. It is usually used to eliminate weeds that can affect the development of monocultures. That’s why you will always find these ‘weeds¡ in the fields that provide us with black truffles, that’s a sign that our black truffle grows naturally without chemicals that could adulterate it.
What is the effect of this herbicide? It captures essential micronutrients for plant growth, making them unavailable for absorption through the roots. This indirectly affects the enzymes of soil microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, actinomycetes, etc.), generating toxicity for them. It should be noted that these microorganisms are crucial for the development of plants and sustainable agricultural systems.
In other words, despite the discouragement of glyphosate use, just a month ago, the European Commission (EC) approved renewing the authorization for the use of this herbicide for ten years—since member states were unable to reach an agreement in favor or against it. In the long term, experts point to its consequences that will be adverse effects on human and animal health and the environment.
At Igual Escriche, we have no doubt: truffle farming must move towards its more ecological perspective. Therefore, caring for the natural environment becomes essential to ensure that our organic black truffles are of high quality.