Why Seaweed Extract Is Key to Sustainable Agriculture – and Feeding Vegans
Bringing meat from farms to factories, grocery stores and then your dinner table produces a hefty carbon footprint. Meat production creates one-fifth of global emissions and the world’s cattle population produces more greenhouse gases than the United States population combined. More North Americans are trying to lower emissions by adopting eco-conscious, vegetarian or vegan diets, but unpredictable weather and droughts are hindering growers’ ability to satisfy changing appetites.
Will sustainability in agriculture help growers to increase their yields? If they are using a biostimulant like one of our Acadian Plant Health™ solutions, the odds are better. Here is how our seaweed-based crop inputs contribute to the sustainability of crop production.
Cultivating Plant Resilience
More frequent occurrences of abiotic stress such as drought, water logging, extreme heat or chill disrupt the established growing conditions of crops worldwide. Growers can struggle if their crop performance, quality and yields dwindle.
By applying biostimulant products to their plants, growers can encourage healthy cell structures, water retention and natural plant regeneration. Especially when these stress management products include key polysaccharides to repair cellular damage and betaines to regulate plants’ water levels and heat.
One underpublicized threat of climate change to crop production comes from the forecast of milder winters. In theory, this would add more growing days and help plants to flower earlier, but random frosts can result in catastrophic losses across orchards and fields. Also, the variability of rainfall during pollination may reduce the overall fruit set.
Providing plants with a seaweed-based biostimulant increases their ability to withstand stress, helps them maintain vigour and enhances nutrient uptake. Through these benefits, growers can provide improved conditions for flowering buds to turn into luscious fruit.
Increasing crop yield is only effective if the fruits and vegetables you are growing are attractive enough to consumers. A few climate-related factors are placing the marketability of crops at risk. The additional strain from droughts and erratic weather are fatiguing plants and preventing them from effective cell regeneration and resource utilization. Plus, climate change is widening the range of various agricultural pests that further diminish the number of picture-perfect plants, fruits, and vegetables.
Acadian Plant Health™ biostimulants contain a variety of beneficial compounds that improve plant performance leading to increases in crop quality attributes such as fruit size, colour, uniformity and firmness. Thanks to increase in crop quality at harvest, the produce has potential for a longer shelf life, which reduces food waste.
Looking to learn more about how Acadian Plant Health™ is vital to sustainability in agriculture and greater crop yields? It’s time to reach out to our team.