A growing world population implies an increasing demand for agricultural products. Current agricultural practices has a high loss of nutrients, significant emissions and relies on chemical fertiliser based on fossil fuels. This needs to change.
Improving the use of nitrogen is key to ensure sustainable food production globally, and to solve climate issues, environmental pollution and prevent the use of more land for agricultural production. To grow enough food farmers need to use fertilise. The use of organic fertiliser, like livestock slurry, comes with high losses and lacks nitrogen to grow enough food for a growing population.
To compensate for the losses and increase food production farmers buy chemical fertiliser. Current practices are costly, have a low resource efficiency and the lost nutrients ends up as polluting emissions. Relying solely on chemical fertilisers can damage soils over time, returning organic matter is vital to improve soil health. These current practices are not sustainable for the planet nor for farmer economics.
Farmers and the agri-food industry want solutions which can maintain their production and increase environmental footprint – combining sustainability and profitability.
Read more about the need to improve global food production here.