The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) estimates that global agriculture produces between 43% and 57% of all greenhouse gases, including land use, deforestation, transport, processing, packaging and sales1. Nothing has such a strong impact on our planet as the food we eat.
No use of animal products
Livestock farming in particular has a disproportionate negative impact on the global ecosystem – starting with greenhouse gas emissions, over eutrophication of the soil, acidification of the oceans to extreme water and land use. By switching to a plant-based diet alone, we could feed 4 billion more people globally, reduce the individual footprint through food by almost three quarters and save 70 billion animals a year from death.
Therefore, we are convinced that the only right decision is to keep Nution free of animal products.
No food waste
Besides of livestock another major problem of our agriculture is the waste of food. About one third of the food produced globally for human consumption is wasted – that is about 1.3 billion tons of food. This means that food waste alone causes more greenhouse gases than any country on the planet except the US and China.
Fresh food is most affected because it is very susceptible and often needs to be cooled continuously. The natural ingredients in Nution are dehydrated and pulverised, which is why it has a natural shelf life of about one year without the addition of preservatives.
No use of GMOs, pesticides and chemical fertilisers
We are convinced that our agriculture needs the most modern technologies and at the same time the best ecological cultivation methods. With a world population of nearly 8 billion humans, food security must be sustainable. Particularly in times of global warming, agricultural technologies such as genetic engineering could help us achieve this goal by making plants more resistant and sustainable.
But in our current situation, we still think it is the wrong approach, because our global agricultural ecosystem already produces food for more than 12 billion people. The problem is inefficiency through food waste and livestock farming. To start here is more sustainable than artificially modifying the global ecosystem, with all the dangerous side effects such as the loss of biodiversity or soil fertility and the concentration of power among a few global seed producers.
Above all, genetically modified seeds are primarily used to make plants immune to pesticides that would otherwise harm them due to their toxic effects. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the most widely used pesticide glyphosate used in this combination is probably carcinogenic. In addition to health hazards, pesticides also harm the ecosystem in which they are used.
We also deliberately avoid mineral fertilisers because they cause soil depletion, pollute groundwater and produce three-quarters of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N₂O), which is 300 times more harmful than CO₂. The destruction of soils and their organic matter alone is responsible for 25-40% of all produced CO2 emissions, while N₂O accounts for around 6% of global emissions.