Polluting agricultural runoff is a leading source of water contamination in rivers, lakes and coastal waters where it can trigger harmful algae blooms or create vast “dead zones” in coastal waters. Soileos offers an alternative to the dire consequences of runoff for marine and freshwater ecosystems and for people who rely on them for their economic livelihoods.

One of the key challenges facing the world is to increase agricultural productivity, while reducing its environmental footprint through sustainable intensification, given that the demand for food will likely double in the next 25 to 50 years.

–Blue Planet Prize

Soileos is a cellulose-based smart fertilizer that increases crop yields without polluting run-off. Eliminating agricultural runoff could be one of the most significant advances in environmental protection and sustainable agriculture this century. Increasing usage of mineral fertilizers can lead to Nitrogen and Phosphorus losses with negative impacts on atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations. Soileos provides an real alternative because it regenerates the soil with organic carbon that would otherwise escape as methane or carbon dioxide. As a plant-based fertilizer, recent test results estimate that, at maximum effective application, Soileos will capture carbon at a rate up to 10 lbs/acre each year. Models indicate that the average farm in the Canadian prairies using Soileos could sequester 3.19 tonnes of carbon per year.

Decline in Nutrient Density

The average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels 37 percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent from 1975 to 1997 – Kushi Institute

“Iron deficiency is one of the most prevalent nutrient deficiencies in the world, affecting an estimated two billion people” – World Health Organization