The usage of fertilizer has a much higher impact on the life cycle analysis than most other industrial products since agriculture influences all spheres of nature. The crucial question has to be asked: Is it done in a sustainable way? We need to have a comprehensive point of view: It is not only the effect on a single hectare of arable land that matters, but also the effect on mankind and nature on a global scale.
Modern agriculture feeds the world. 48% of the current world population are fed thanks to the use of mineral fertilizers. By 2030 global demand for cereals will rise by another 50%. These extra volumes can only be met by employing state of the art fertilization technology. Our goal is to raise crop yields in a sustainable way.
Our target is to optimise fertilization according to good agricultural practice in order to help protect the climate and improve air quality. This is why Borealis established a new standard of low carbon footprint fertilizers.
We promote good agricultural practice with specific tools such as N-Tester or fertilization planers.
We continuously deepen our knowledge through field trials and share our expertise in field demonstrations, at trade fairs and through regular newsletters, promoting good agricultural practice with Borealis L.A.T fertilizers.
Our goal is to help improve farming methods so that biodiversity is preserved even with conventional agriculture. For instance, we give advice to farmers how to use fertilizers in an ecological way.
Even conventional farming can help to protect biodiversity as less arable land is needed. A scientific study1 on the impact of intensive and organic farming on biodiversity has concluded that organic agriculture has to reach 87% of the yield level of intensive farming in order to reach the same level of biodiversity if the spared land is given back to nature. This is because organic farming only reaches 30 to 70 % of the conventional yield level, depending on the region and the site.
1 Hodgson, Kunin, et al., Comparing organic farming and land sparing: optimizing yield and butterfly populations at a landscape scale. in: Ecology Letters (2010) 13: 1358-1367