What if...

… man continues to turn 15 million hectares of forest into cropland each year?

Source: FAO Statistical Yearbook 2010

 

The challenge

  • Cropland is a finite resource, competing with natural forests and growing cities.
  • 1.5 billion hectares of cropland is available on our planet, but 10 million hectares are lost every year to erosion.
  • Food, feed and fuel compete with each other for cropland.
  • We need to significantly improve the efficiency of global land usage.
  • Supplementing animal feed with amino acid makes protein production more efficient: less need for feed means less need for cropland.
  • This also relieves pressure on land-use change—the conversion of rainforests and moors into cropland.
  • The CO2 absorption capacity of rain forests and moors is considerably higher than that of cropland: more natural foliage means higher CO2 sequestration.
  • In 2009, world methionine production of 750,000 metric tons reduced the need for land by 150,000 km²—the area of Tunisia or Uruguay.

What if...

Challenge accepted.

We help reduce land usage for feed production.

Our contribution