PRINCIPLES AND PHILOSOPHY SHARED BY THE GROUP
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1. Territory and origin
We believe that agri-food products are not simply ordinary goods like any other. They are products that are born of the Earth, in and on the land. Thus, we invoke the principle of origin, that is, the absolute connection to the land. This is the only valid principle that can be used to identify an agricultural product because it gives value to both the territory and the people who live there and who have contributed to the evolution of a certain quality or species.

Territories and autochthonous varieties constitute a common good.

However, such a connection to the territory should in no way be interpreted as a defense of political and identity-based localisms that are the fruit of a conservative attachment to one’s roots, but on the contrary, should be seen as a way of building a cosmopolitan agriculture, one which binds the agricultural productions and cultures of the entire world together in their diversity of origin.

2. The land and its safeguard
We want to have a new relationship with the land. The very same land which once was the cause of hunger and poverty can, today, propose a new view of the environment and of social relationships. Farmers must stand as defenders, not as ravagers, of territories and of lands. In this sense, agriculture takes on a fundamental role in safeguarding the environment.

It is in this context, not simply as a commercial brand, that we position our vision of a systematic, organic or bio-dynamic agriculture.

This notion of agriculture as a defender of the territory leads us, consequently, to support all local communities in their fight against environmental devastation.

3. Productive and social relationships
We share an idea of economics that is both ethical and fair. An idea that is centered around man and nature, meaning that the economy is the means, not the end. We are convinced that progress should be measured according to variables that are also cultural and social. We believe that a wine, for example, is not merely a good to be sold or bought at a given price, but that it is the result of a complex story, one which tells of the continuous unfolding of relationships among winegrowers, territories, seasons, and local communities.

We believe that in order to promote humane trade, all possible forms of economy and alternative distribution schemes should be developed, such as Ethical Purchasing Groups, local, itinerant, or organic farmers’ markets, fair trade shops, direct sales, advance-request family production , and in general, all forms of trade that put producers in contact with “critical” consumers who are seen as co-producers. At the same time, we call for small-scale farming (in its many forms - as family farms, small cooperatives, small owner-run farm businesses) for its intrinsic capacity to thrive in productive relationships that are so different from those of large-scale industrial farming based on third party operation, temporary or illegal work (paid under the table), exploitation, the bottom line.

4. Traceability of products and price
The relationship between producers and consumers should not only be direct but also transparent. This is why we want to directly certify how we work the land, what our relationship with work and capital is, how we transform the products of the land and what the price is at the winery where we sell those products.

5. Laying claim to the land, laying claim to life
For us, laying claim to the land means laying claim to life, re-claiming its economic value, certainly, but also re-claiming a whole world of relationships, traditions and sentiments. It means becoming an organized and prevailing community, one which is aware that we have very nearly reached the point of no return from global senselessness.

The next generations will be forced to produce primarily to repair the damage done by previous production methods.

We have nothing against technology and science. What we are criticizing is the act of reducing life to a machine, the substitution of every element of life with a product that has been synthesized in a laboratory. This is the reason why we will fight against Genetically Modified Organisms. Today, GM products pose the greatest threat to our planet. We cannot waste any more time in the fight and against them; there is no mediation possible.

GMO research, experimentation, permissive legislation , and use constitute a crime against the Earth and against humanity. We must do everything we can to prevent this from happening.

 

STATUTE
(extract taken from art.4 of the tM Consortium Statute)

"The Consortium is a non-profit association that aims to promote and enhance organic/biodynamic winegrowing in the Marche region, to safeguard the territory and resources for the common good, to disseminate the culture and practices of a sustainable and fair economy.

The Consortium also aims to enter into agreement with consumers that have aggregated as Purchasing Groups, as Consumer Coops or Associations, by recognizing them as the first privileged interlocutor and partner of the Consortium.

Through it, the consortium members constitute the common organization that was instituted to accomplish the specific objectives listed as follows:

- to collectively participate in national and international trade shows and promotional events centered around wine and organic/biodynamic products;

- to organize events for the promotion of the consortium members’ wines and of organic wines in general;

- to set up forms of collaboration for the purchase and/or sharing of technical means and tools to be used by the consortium members;

- to promote the building of member networks so as to enable the optimization of resources and financing;

- to organize seminars and conventions on innovation and improved production methods, with the secondary goal of aiding member businesses in their search for joint venture partners at home as well as abroad;

- to set up and/or promote the establishment of research centers and projects, or consortia, for advanced research in the members’ fields of interest, in collaboration with institutes of higher education and/or universities, working in the interest of consortium members, companies, agencies, institutes, and other third parties;

- to foster actions that aim to promote organic and bio-dynamic agricultural production, by adopting systems of participatory guarantees which, together with or alternatively to the normal organic certification procedures, can provide opportunities for discussion and furthering knowledge about traditional products;

- to outline and manage planning in the areas of agri-tourism, tourism, and rural artisan crafts through projects that aim to enhance the territorial identity and incoming tourism so as to foster sustainable forms of tourism;

- to outline and direct plans to manage cultural and recreational activities in both rural and coastal areas, with privilege given to those that seek to highlight the distinguishing features of local communities;

- to manage tasting points so as to raise public awareness of the products made by consortium members;

- to participate in all of the activities and initiatives held in the Marche Region’s territories that are focused on safeguarding the landscape, the common good, and the natural resources".

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