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Plast2015 - Feeding the planet involves plastics

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Plast 2015PLAST 2015 and EXPO 2015: feeding the planet also involves plastics, which have
always been important for agriculture

The use of plastics in agriculture: this is the thread that unites PLAST 2015, the international tradeshow for the rubber and plastics industry taking place this coming 5-9 May at the Fiera Milano fairgrounds, to Rho, and EXPO 2015, opening on 1 May 2015.
Featuring discussions and meetings along an itinerary among the world’s countries, the Universal Exhibition will address the highly relevant theme of feeding the world. Issues and proposals will be discussed in the search for a solution to a vital need: succeed in ensuring healthy, secure and sufficient food for all peoples while respecting the planet and its equilibria.

Used since the middle of the past century in agriculture and horticulture, polymers have an important role to play in this context.

The growing use of plastics in these two sectors has made it possible to improve harvests and food quality, while also decreasing environmental impact. In particular, the use of plastics makes it possible to harvest crops and produce earlier, use less pesticides and herbicides, better protect foods, and use water more efficiently.

Plastics allow effective solutions that benefit crops in various ways. For example, in arid regions, plastic water pipes make it possible to reduce irrigation costs by one to two thirds while doubling yield. Agricultural film protects crops from atmospheric agents, and most importantly, the latest generation films protect them from UV rays in the highly damaging 200-315 nanometre range. Photoselective agricultural films have also been developed that can filter solar radiation to select the optimum wavelengths, improving the nutritional value of crops in terms of antioxidant action.

PLAST 2015 will feature some of the world’s preeminent manufacturers of extrusion lines for agricultural films, including, among others, Bandera (Hall 15, stands A101 and B102) Macchi (Hall 15, stands B81 and C82) and Amut Dolci Bielloni (Hall 15, stand D65).


PLAST 2015 Press Office
A Più Srl, Veronica Gaviraghi - veronica@a-piu-srl.com
tel. (+39) 039-746502 // mob. (+39) 345-1120805


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