Carinata is an oilseed crop, which means it stores oil in the seed. It’s also a renewable, sustainable source of oil that replaces petroleum-based oils.
Like other oilseed crops, such as canola, soybean and corn, carinata oil is extracted when the harvested seed is crushed. Unlike those crops, carinata is not meant for human food consumption; the oil it produces is intended for industrial use, mainly in the production of bio and jet fuels.
Not only that, the carinata plant is extremely tolerant of heat, cold, drought and disease, which means it can be grown on some of the most challenging farmland where climate stress prevents the production of food crops, like canola, soybean and corn.
Carinata also fits seamlessly into existing agricultural systems as it requires no special production or processing equipment and methods. As a cover crop, it can rejuvenate soils and protect them from erosion. And after processing, the only thing left over is protein – the remains of the crushed seeds – which is an excellent source of dietary protein for animal production.
The world is looking for sustainable sources of renewable fuel, and carinata is it:
Farmers can put it on marginal or fallow land and get a good crop that pays them well. It’s harvested and processed like any other oilseed in existing facilities, and biofuel manufacturers turn the uniquely suited oil into diesel or jet fuel. It’s that simple.
Agrisoma has the world’s largest collection of carinata and an extensive modern crop improvement program that allows us to select high yielding varieties ideally suited for production across a broad range of geographies.