How we impact our land
Restoring soil health, preventing land degradation, and reducing emissions that result from human land-use driven by agriculture and production and consumption behavior.
Climate Smart Agriculture
Maintaining the capacity of agriculture to ensure food security whilst mitigating agricultural land footprint and emissions and adapting agricultural systems to the impact of climate change. Agriculture relates to farms, crops, livestock, aquaculture as well as food generation in novel farming systems.
Reduce Land Footprint:
Reducing land footprint by improving crop yields, increasing nutritional content, and implementing novel farming systems such as vertical, urban and aquaponic farming as well as insect and algae farms.
Decreasing high GHG farming inputs such as fertilizers via precision farming, nutrient management and increased efficiencies, biological alternatives for disease and pest prevention and treatment and induced crop resistance.
Reducing GHG emissions from equipment, crops, and livestock.
Improve resilience and reduce vulnerability of crops to increasing temperatures, weather variability, shifting agroecosystem boundaries, invasive crops and pests, and more frequent extreme weather events.
Livestock and Aquaculture:
Improving livestock food digestibility and feed conversion ratios, advances in animal health monitoring and illness prevention, advances in sustainable land-based aquaculture.
Safeguarding and enhancing the fertility and health of soil and land impacted by human activities, avoiding, reducing and reversing land degradation and ensuring regenerative practices that maximize soil carbon sequestration.
Prevention and control of soil erosion and land degradation.
Improving and managing soil fertility and health with respect to microbial communities, nutrient availability, carbon sequestration and water retention.
Advancing implementation of management practices (crop cover, agroforestry, intercropping, reduced tillage, crop residues) that maximize soil carbon sequestration.
Creation of new and sustainable methods and processes to produce nutrition alternatives such as proteins, fats, and tissues using plant based, cell-based or microbial food production systems.
Advances in cellular and acellular (biomass and precision fermentation) agriculture towards production of alternative proteins and functional ingredients.
Sensory and Physical Attributes:
Advances to improve taste, texture and structure of alternative proteins and functional ingredients.
Enhancing nutritional profile of alternative proteins, also for animal and aquaculture feeds.
Food Loss & Waste
Innovations to reduce food loss and waste at the production, post-harvest, processing, distribution, and consumption stages in the food supply chain, and to upcycle agriculture byproducts into usable products.
Reducing spoilage across the value chain, from loss due to mold, pests, and inadequate climate control at the post-harvest stage, across processing and transportation until the retail distribution stage.
Reducing food waste at the consumption stage by, for example, shelf-life extension technologies and food waste analytics, upcycling off-grade products and by products and redistribution of surplus food
Enhanced integration along the food value chain and enhanced demand planning.
Metal & Mineral Mining
Reducing climate and landscape impact at all stages of a critical raw materials’ (CRMs) production cycle; the exploration, exploitation, and closure phase as well as sustainable processing and recovery innovations.
Imaging, mapping, and modelling techniques that minimize land disturbance.
Extraction process innovations and increased efficiency and purity leading to lower carbon and water footprints, implementation of waste solutions and a circular material cycle.
Reclaiming areas of physical disturbance to prevent erosion, stabilizing soils containing metals or chemicals to prevent unwanted metal releases into the environment.