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Agriculture’s Critical Moment in the Race for Food Security

We must increase agricultural output to meet the needs of a growing global population, which is expected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050, an increase of more than 2 billion from 2017. To accomplish this the world needs innovative and sustainable solutions to support both our growing population and to protect our precious resources and environment for the future.

Healthy soil is the critical foundation for agricultural yield, yet mass monoculture practices, overuse of chemical pesticides, inefficient utilization of fertilizers and poor land management have resulted in the decimation of much of the planet’s farmable topsoils.

Today one-third of soils are degraded, and by 2050 over three-quarters will be degraded if we do not adopt new, innovative technologies.

If soil degradation continues at its current rate, we only have 60 years of farming left. Without more sustainable farming solutions, current agriculture practices won’t be able to meet the intensifying demands to feed the world’s population.

“At Agrinos, our mission is to provide solutions for several interconnected problems—soil degradation, food security and environmental sustainability of farming operations,” said Dr. Ry Wagner, CEO of Agrinos. “There’s an enormous opportunity to increase agricultural output by restoring microbial health—probiotics—to famers’ soils.”

We are in the midst of an incredible revolution in human, animal and plant biology that has rapidly emerged due to advances in DNA sequencing and bioinformatics.

The Agrinos team is passionate about translating this revolution into innovative, sustainable biological crop solutions—and has put its products at the forefront of microbial and biological crop input innovation.

“Our biological crop inputs feature proprietary technology and provide benefits by strengthening soil probiotics and delivering critical, highly bioavailable nutrients to help plants prosper,” said Wagner. “We are continuing to bring a new type of product portfolio to the agriculture industry: one that is natural and leads to more sustainable agricultural practices, while improving grower income.”

In most cropping systems, for example, the nitrogen supplied to the soil—which is required for healthy plant and crop growth—is so inefficiently used by the plant that about half washes away into our watersheds.But having the right beneficial microbes in the soil helps make the nitrogen more available for the plant, increasing the use of those nutrients and the growth of the plants.

“Just as human gut microbial composition affects human health, Agrinos’ uniquely robust natural microbial consortium harnesses the full potential of the soil microbiome to support plant productivity, crop quality and increased yields,” added Wagner.

Unless we adopt new methods for agricultural production soon, we’ll have far fewer natural resources available for growing crops.

That puts more pressure on nutrition and our own quality of life.

Agrinos has been a pioneer in the field of soil microbiome work around the world and has created and commercialized diverse biological crop inputs powered by a unique consortium of soil probiotics.

“This is a turning point for agriculture. Global food security will be increasingly at risk if we don’t reverse the tide of agricultural soil degradation,”

said Wagner. “The good news is that we now have the knowledge and tools—microbial and biological crop inputs—to help meet this challenge.”

Website: Agrinos.com

The interview was filmed with Sarah Lockett, Business Correspondent of The Business Debate and Dr. Douglas Ry Wagner, Chief Executive Officer, Agrinos.

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