Agtech Startup Shows Significant Sustainability, ROI Benefits Over Traditional Fertilizers
Zellwood, Fla.— Anuvia Plant Nutrients has announced the results of an independent study on the agtech startup’s positive environmental impact. Environmental Resources Management (ERM), a leading global environmental consulting firm, verified the sustainability impact of Anuvia’s technology on corn, rice and cotton. The study found that Anuvia’s plant-nutrient technology reduces greenhouse gases (GhG) on production by up to 32 percent, compared to the use of conventional fertilizers, while, at the same time, increasing farmers’ profitability.
Greenhouse gases are produced when nutrients in traditional fertilizer are lost as gas or vapor into the atmosphere largely in the form of N2O and CO2. Agriculture accounts for nearly 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, according to the EPA.
Data was gathered in cooperation with several universities and agricultural centers of excellence in the United States. The data was then combined with international data standards for environmental impact to determine final results. Anuvia outperformed conventional fertilizers in both the sourcing and manufacturing of the product (called the Cradle to Gate Phase) and the Use Phase, which is when the nutrients are actually distributed onto the field.
Highlights of the ERM study and technology benefits include1:
- 10 percent reduction of greenhouse gases on corn
- 32 percent reduction of greenhouse gases on cotton and rice
- 4 to 13 times lower carbon footprint (against traditional inorganic fertilizers) from manufacturing process
“This was an in-depth, rigorous exercise to assess carbon footprint through every phase of the product lifecycle, including sourcing materials, manufacturing, and in use on field,” said Braulio Pikman, technical director, ERM, and lead author of the study. “In this respect, the results of study truly stand out, suggesting that Anuvia can make a significant, immediate impact on reducing greenhouse gases globally, while at the same time, help agriculture become even more efficient and effective.”
Based on the ERM study, it is possible to state that for every million acres of crops that use Anuvia, the reduction of greenhouse gases is the equivalent of removing 20,000 to 30,000 cars from the roads. With 90 million acres of corn in the United States alone, this would conservatively translate to 1.8 million cars removed in perpetuity. Anuvia is already in use on more than 500,000 acres, with production capacity planned to dramatically increase by 2020.
How It Works: Slow Release Technology Improves Plant Nutrition, Soil Health
Anuvia’s clean technology uses a proprietary nutrient delivery system, the Organic MaTRX, to bind with essential nutrients, providing a novel way to slowly release nutrients to plants. This results in better nutrient utilization and less loss of nutrients into the environment and reduced need of water supply. Anuvia’s products not only feed the plants with nutrients, but also nourish the soil by returning up to 16 percent organic matter to feed soil microbes. By delivering nutrients more efficiently, Anuvia’s products reduce agriculture’s carbon footprint, while improving plant performance and soil health. The benefits are both environmental and economic for the farmer and the planet.
“Our innovative technology helps large-scale commercial farms become more sustainable immediately,” said Anuvia CEO Amy Yoder. “Consumers and mainstream retailers like Walmart are increasingly demanding sustainable practices across the supply chain. Anuvia helps farms stay competitive in this changing landscape.”
Plug and Play Sustainability and Yield
Anuvia not only reduces farmers’ environmental footprints, but also provides economic benefits. Since Anuvia’s nutrient system is more efficient in feeding plants, farmers can grow bigger and better crops, reaping more from their current acreage. With an average yield increase of 5.1 percent across major crops such as corn, rice, wheat, canola and cotton, farmers ultimately see a 3 to 5x ROI.
With little to no financial or operational barriers to adoption, Anuvia can make an overnight impact on the agriculture industry.
“As a cooperative owned by 200,000 farmers, we have a responsibility to our members that products we recommend will work as promised on the field,” said Steve Becraft, COO, Southern States Cooperative. “Anuvia’s performance yield and profitability has earned our trust and the trust of our members.”
Complete study results can be requested at https://www.anuviaplantnutrients.com/erm