Climate change (long-term change in weather patterns) is an existential threat to the agriculture sector. Canadian farmers are already experiencing the impacts of a changing climate through recent extreme weather events. Organic agriculture is becoming a more realistic alternative for mitigating climate change while also bringing economic, environmental, and health benefits to growers.
In 2020, Canada’s organic sector comprised 4 million certified acres, a 17% increase since 2019. Consumers also associate products with the organic logo as more tasty, healthy, and environmentally friendly. Organic agriculture reduces direct and indirect sources of greenhouse gas emissions while also acting as a carbon sink through soil carbon sequestration. Farmers can improve their climate resiliency by adopting more sustainable management practices such as the use of organic plant nutrients like Enviotin. By using Enviotin, Nutrienvisus’ precisely formulated organic plant nutrients, growers can support Canada’s climate goals by enhancing the agricultural sector’s potential as a net carbon sink while simultaneously promoting healthy soil and plant growth.
Growers are becoming increasingly conscious of the impacts of climate change and looking to sustainable alternatives to balance crop input and output economics.
The increased use of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer can be ascribed to one of the main sources of agricultural emissions. When these nitrogen fertilizers are applied to soils and become reactive, nitrous oxide (N2O) is generated. Nitrous oxide is a greenhouse gas with 300 times the warming potential of carbon dioxide. If the use of synthetic fertilizers is phased out; this could result in a 20% reduction in world greenhouse gas emissions. In vice versa, implementing organic agriculture could result in an 18% reduction in global warming potential when compared to conventional farming methods. Due to the lack of N (nitrogen) fertilizer use, organic farms contribute 50% less new reactive nitrogen and have been reported to have much smaller carbon footprints than conventional farms.
“Organic agriculture is a production system that excludes the use of chemical and synthetic fertilizers, emitting 18% less global warming potential compared to other farming systems.”
Soil carbon sequestration can be utilized to mitigate climate change
The ability to store carbon in the soil is a critical tool for reducing atmospheric greenhouse gases and mitigating climate change. Soils in organic farms sequester 26% more carbon than soils from non-organic farms. Organically managed soils have higher soil organic matter content compared to those of conventional systems due to the higher incorporation of organic inputs such as compost and manure. Additionally, the use of organic amendments enhances soil carbon sequestration and increases soil fertility and the physical conditions for optimal plant growth. By opting for organic fertilizers, growers are able to increase the carbon pool in our soils while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
However, not all organic fertilizers are equally consistent in terms of nutrient profiles. Compost and manure can vary from one batch to the next due to variations in food waste and scraps, or animal feed respectively. If consistent results are the desired outcome, these might not be the best alternatives. Enviotin can overcome these challenges as it is a precisely formulated all in one nutrient package with balanced macro and micronutrients allowing for consistent and healthy plant growth.
Our sustainability impact
We want to improve the quality and quantity of crop production. We want to reduce waste in the growing process. It’s critical that we make the best use of the limited resources we have available on our planet.
– Lili Mesak, CEO and Co-Founder, Nutrienvisus
Reducing the impact of agricultural practices on the climate necessitates adopting sustainable farming practices such as the use of organic fertilizers. Nutrienvisus is on a mission to help agricultural growers sustainably increase and manage their crops. Enviotin, our bio-organic plant nutrient is developed from up-cycled from brewery by-products and functions as an economical, sustainable, and effective alternative to chemical fertilizers. At Nutrienvisus, we are committed to sustainability and we strive to improve the resiliency of the agricultural system with Enviotin.
We will use up to 130000 cubic yard of brewery byproducts by 2030; Nutrienvisus creates sustainability impacts through its actions:
- Reducing nutrient pollutants by up-cycled those nutrients
- Reducing carbon dioxide emissions by up to 8000 metric tons
- Increasing carbon sequestration by promoting soil health and plant growth (customer success story); and
- Increasing the biodiversity of beneficial organisms in the soil
By upcycling brewery byproducts and transforming them into a high performance organic plant nutrient that is able to increase sustainable crop production, Enviotin furthers the following UN Sustainability and Development Goals (SDGs):
SDG 2&15 | Zero Hunger and Life on Land:
Increases agricultural productivity and income of small-scale producers. Also, ensures the sustainable use of ecosystems and their services.
SDG 3 | Good Health and Wellbeing:
Reducing the amount of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals, water and soil pollution and contamination produced by current agricultural practices.
SDG 12 | Responsible Consumption and Production:
Substantially reduces waste generation through recycling and reuse.
SDG 13 | Climate Action:
Fosters climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development.