April 5, 2023

Using agriculture to restore our planet

We hear a lot about the effect agriculture has on the environment – both in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss. But could it instead be used as a force for good in protecting our environment? Enter stage left, regenerative agriculture.

Firstly, what is “regenerative agriculture”?

The term “regenerative agriculture” has a lot of definitions and can be very confusing for a person who’s first reading up on the topic. Essentially, think of regenerative agriculture as a more of a philosophy rather than an explicitly defined farming process. It’s a farming style focused on restoring soil and ecosystem health, storing carbon, increasing biodiversity, and in general improving our land, waters, and climate for future generations.

Regenerative agriculture is all about using agriculture as a force for good regarding our planet and is based on the insight that agriculture is connected through a web – as a circular design – rather than a linear supply chain. While regenerative agriculture practices are broad and varied, the main practices include reducing tillage, using cover crops, using compost, mulch or green manure, and integrating livestock.

So, where does Superfly fit in?

Superfly, our fertiliser made from 100% black soldier fly frass) fits into the regenerative agriculture ethos in three main ways – composting, improving carbon in soil, and shifting reliance on synthetic materials.

  • Composting: composting – the act of turning organic waste into fertiliser – is one of the methods that speaks directly to the heart of regenerative agriculture. Not only for the benefits it provides to soil health, but it perfectly reflects the ‘circularity’ tenet of regenerative agriculture.
  •  Improving carbon in soil: improving carbon levels in soil is a key part of regenerative agriculture given the importance of soil carbon in soil health. It is directly related to the amount of organic matter in the soil. As Superfly is made from 100% organic matter (black soldier fly frass – or more colloquially, insect poo), our fertiliser can have a significant impact in improving soil carbon and regenerating land.
  • Organic, not synthetic: A central idea of regenerative agriculture is to restrict (or totally rule out) the use of chemical and synthetic materials. Our organic-certified fertiliser builds soil health without the involvement of chemicals, reducing the reliance on synthetic inputs and harmful, energy-intensive petrochemical pesticides.

Join the regenerative agriculture movement with Superfly

Innovative composting, improves soil health by building soil carbon, and 100% organic. If that wasn’t enough, producing our fertiliser in our world-leading vertical farming system offsets carbon – 5 kg of CO2e per kg of Superfly to be precise!

Reach out today to learn more about how Superfly can help you achieve your farming/gardening goals!

We’ve barely scratched the surface of this vast and fascinating topic. If you’re keen to learn more, here are a bunch of recommended readings/watches from our CTO, Alex Arnold (our resident regenerative farming expert):

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