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Good soil health is instrumental in fighting climate change

Chr. Hansen entered into a partnership with UPL in 2021. Together, we're bringing bio solutions to growers to improve the quality and health of the soil while preserving the microbial biodiversity. Learn more in this interview with Vicente Gongora, chief marketing officer, and Lara Ramaekers, global biocontrol portfolio lead, UPL Ltd.

<span style="font-size: 12.8px;">Vicente Gongora, chief marketing officer, UPL Ltd.</span>
<span style="font-size: 12.8px;">Lara Ramaekers, global biocontrol portfolio lead, UPL Ltd.</span>

How are climate and biodiversity becoming part of the value proposition to customers? 

Microbial solutions allow growers to produce more with less environmental impact and fewer residues on crops, ultimately improving the quality and profitability of the food they produce. Growers around the world are concerned about climate change since this can impact their production due to drought, flooding, excessive heat, frost, etc., so they are taking a genuine interest in producing sustainably, which is also in line with consumer preferences and pressure from companies in the food value chain. We’re working with Chr. Hansen to bring bio solutions to growers to support them in changing practices towards regenerative agriculture in balance with nature.

These solutions improve the quality and health of the soil while preserving the microbial biodiversity that exists there. Not only can this reduce the need for fertilizers, hence reducing potential ground water contamination. A good soil microbiota also makes a plant more resilient, so a healthy, diverse soil microbial flora can even help manage climate change by making the crops more active in capturing CO2 from the atmosphere.

How can the partnership with Chr. Hansen help unlock the sustainable potential of bio solutions? 

We share the same values related to sustainability, and the products and pipeline are addressing growers’ pain points related to e.g. plant resilience, water use efficiency, improved soil health and positive carbon footprint. Using living organisms instead of chemistry requires a change of mindset, but as the products get better, and with emerging decision support system apps helping growers apply microbial solutions timely and correctly, based on monitoring weather conditions, infection pressure, insect pressure, etc., we’re paving the way for conversion on a larger scale. 

The partnership with Chr. Hansen will also help UPL to achieve the Climate Pledge and Gigaton Carbon Goal, which aims to eliminate 1 gigaton of CO2 from the atmosphere by 2040. Sustainability is not only a challenge – it’s a must, and both companies working together will contribute to the world challenge of reducing carbon emissions.