Technologies and knowledge networks for sustainable agriculture -Rational use of natural resources, energy saving, reduction of polluting emissions and rationalisation of product transport are just some of the watchwords that the logic of environmental sustainability is imposing on the farming industry. The new technologies available in agriculture for monitoring the environment, operations and production can today easily be linked to information and communications technologies in order to broaden knowledge of sustainable production systems. The present article discusses the Sistema Informativo Territoriale (Sit - Territorial Information System) targeted at creating networks of knowledge shared by produces, consumers, public authorities and transformation and distribution operators. As well as guiding farmers towards ‘sustainable’ forms of production, this model also provides guarantees for the consumer in terms of food safety, product quality and consumption ethics.
Keywords: Sustainable agriculture; knowledge networks; local produce.