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19 Oct 2012 09:10:48

Feed the 5000 with crops grown using AD biofertiliser

On 16 October agriculture ministers from around the world are meeting in Rome to mark World Food Day, and discuss this year's theme 'Agricultural cooperatives – key to feeding the world'.

ADBA calls for agriculture ministers to recognise the role anaerobic digestion (AD) plays in supporting climate smart farming in their policy making. AD helps to close the nutrient loop by recycling the nutrients contained in the feedstocks, which include food waste and crops, reduces greenhouse emissions from farming and supports food production.

Charlotte Morton, chief executive, ADBA: "At present you need one tonne of oil and 108 tonnes of water to produce one tonne of commercial fertiliser – and the process emits seven tonnes of carbon dioxide. We need to address this if we are to move towards more sustainable food production. Digestate biofertiliser produced by the AD process offers a low-carbon alternative to energy intensive fertilisers while ensuring that no nutrients are wasted."

"AD is central to the sustainability of farming and future food production. Not only does it generate one of the highest levels of renewable energy per hectare compared to other forms of bioenergy, but it also provides an excellent alternative to energy intensive commercial fertilisers and supports food production in a number of other unique ways."

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