Agrisoma, through our partners, have ensured that our crop is produced sustainably and adheres to the practices and methods of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). Agrisoma has been delivering socially and environmentally ethical Carinata production certified to the RSB standard since 2016. Certifying our cultivation practices and participating as a Member with RSB has been important to Agrisoma and Carinata’s value as a sustainable protein source and biofuels feedstock.
RSB is a global, multi-stakeholder independent organisation that drives the development of a new world bioeconomy through sustainability solutions, certification and collaborative partnerships. It provides tools and solutions that mitigate business risk and contribute to achieving the UNs sustainable Development Goals and has the most trusted, peer-review, global certification standard for sustainable biomaterials, biofuels and biomass production. RSB’s stakeholders include the World Wildlife Fund and the National Resources Defence Council and many, many others.
In biofuels, sustainability has a lot to do with developing the lowest greenhouse gas (GHG) intensive feedstocks for the industry. GHG emissions can occur during all steps of the supply chain; starting during the cultivation, transport and processing steps of biofuel production supply chains.
Carinata is a low input, high biomass crop that is much less GHG intensive than existing crops and promotes improved soil health/dynamics. It is also important to Agrisoma to optimize the agricultural system with little to no impacts to food crops when introducing Carinata. This principle, known as indirect land use change (ILUC), is a critical element for most biofuels regulation and end users. Carinata is ideally suited as a winter crop and can be grown as a secondary crop on land already under agricultural production. Therefore, it requires no new land to be converted and avoids the ILUC issue altogether.
In agriculture, sustainability is strongly correlated with land management and improvement. Careful planning of rotations and introduction of Carinata as a winter crop can have potential improvements in erosion control and soil carbon over time. By working with famers to implement sustainable management practices, such as no or low till, and adhering to low input recommendations Carinata can produce an attractive biofuel feedstock where the soil, economic and environmental benefits are all reaped on the farm.
Agrisoma is committed to expanding the global biofuel industry while enhancing food security worldwide through the development of sustainable farming practices that protect and improve the environment, contribute to feed supply and provide additional sources of income to farmers. Agrisoma is committed to the kind of sustainability that improves everyone’s position within the value chain, from farm to fuel.