The Sustainability Consortium (TSC®) is an independent global organization dedicated to using the best sustainability science to help companies make the everyday products we use better and more sustainable. TSC’s Food, Beverage, and Agriculture working group is currently the largest working group within TSC, in recognition of the critical challenges agriculture faces in sustaining a rapidly growing worldwide population with finite natural resources.
In updates to its 2017 category sustainability profiles for crops ranging from grains and grapes to nuts and berries, TSC recommends the use of biostimulants as a means to improve key performance indicators of nutrient management, yield and land conversion.
“The research around the use of biostimulants points to clear opportunities for reducing key impacts related to agricultural production,” said Amanda Raster, Research Associate and Agricultural Specialist at TSC. “Incorporating biostimulants into our improvement opportunities reflects TSC’s commitment to science as the foundation for our work. This effort ultimately strengthens the quality and impact of our toolkits by reflecting new scientific findings.”
Dr. Ry Wagner, CEO of Agrinos, said TSC’s recommendation to leverage biostimulants underscores the rapidly increasing recognition of the role biological crop inputs can have in agriculture production and sustainability.
“As a category, microbials and biostimulants are still relatively new in the minds of many producers, certainly in comparison to traditional chemical inputs,” said Wagner. “But our biological technology and product platforms are actually quite mature and very well studied. This is a very exciting time for agriculture, as our understanding of the soil microbiome has…