Our business model is based around nature’s own decomposition ecology to create a virtuous cycle, reusing today’s waste to make tomorrow's raw materials. As we look to close the loop, building a circular economy, we recognise that we are one part of a wave of change helping to create a more sustainable and inclusive tomorrow.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) help chart a course towards that future. Here at Nutrition Technologies, we demonstrate our commitment by aligning with and measuring ourselves against, the relevant UN SDGs. We set out our contribution below.
Addressing the UN SDGs
"Each year, an estimated one-third of all food produced – equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes worth around $1 trillion – ends up rotting in the bins of consumers and retailers, or spoiling due to poor transportation and harvesting practices." [Source: UN]
What we do: We recycle the nutrients in food waste and industrial by-products to create the raw materials for animal feed, cosmetics, and organic fertilizers. Our technology allows us to safely handle a wide range of waste, reducing demand for virgin resources and pressure on landfills.
“There is a continuous deterioration of coastal waters owing to pollution, and ocean acidification is having an adverse effect on the functioning of ecosystems and biodiversity. Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. However, today we are seeing 30 percent of the world’s fish stocks overexploited, reaching below the level at which they can produce sustainable yields." [Source: UNDP]
"Of all the sea-based sources of marine plastic pollution, the most common, and also the most harmful, is lost and discarded fishing gear, also referred to as ‘ghost gear’.
Ghost gear accounts for approximately 10 percent of global marine plastic pollution, although in some areas it’s closer to half of the amount of litter found. Made from hardy plastic and designed to catch and kill, once it’s lost in the ocean the gear continues to carry out this deadly function indiscriminately.” [Source: EIA INTERNATIONAL]
What we do: At Nutrition Technologies, we produce insect protein and oil to offer alternatives to the feed industry, looking to reduce their consumption of unsustainable ingredients sourced from the oceans.
"Every year, 13 million hectares of forests are lost, while the persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of 3.6 billion hectares, disproportionately affecting poor communities.
While 15 percent of the land is protected, biodiversity is still at risk. Nearly 7,000 species of animals and plants have been illegally traded. Wildlife trafficking not only erodes biodiversity, but creates insecurity, fuels conflict, and feeds corruption.
Urgent action must be taken to reduce the loss of natural habitats and biodiversity which are part of our common heritage and support global food and water security, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and peace and security." [Source: UNDP]
What we do: We use a highly land efficient vertical farming system based on natural bioconversion technologies, which uses far less land and fewer resources than traditional protein production. Throughout the year, our system produces 4000 times more protein per square meter than a soy field. This means not only greater efficiency in land-use, but uses less water and other natural resources.
One process, multiple impacts
Diverting thousands of
tons of waste from landfills
By producing insectmeal
to replace fishmeal, we are
saving thousands of fish
from the oceans.
Returning nutrients to soil
and enhancing carbon
Saving the rainforest by reducing the need for land to produce animal feed ingredients.
Nutrition Technologies was founded on the understanding that ‘business as usual’ is destroying the world we live in, and that there is an urgent need to do better. Initially formed to address specific environmental issues - namely the damaging use of fishmeal and soybean meal in animal feed - we have since come to realise that there are multiple wider issues that also need to be addressed at a foundational level, to ensure we do not risk sacrificing fundamental principles in the pursuit of others.
For this reason, Nutrition Technologies has subscribed to the UN Global Compact, and is adopting the 10 principles of sustainable development alongside our ambition of reducing the impact on oceans and forests for the production of animal feed. Namely:
We will support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
We will ensure that we are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Participate in a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
We shall uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Eschew all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Support the effective abolition of child labour; and
Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
We shall work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.