Green Biotechnology: ‘Squeezing grass’ to extract mother nature’s own fertiliser

05 March 2019

The industrialisation of the agricultural sector has brought with it a large increase in the number of pesticides we use to protect plants and humans from various diseases. However, these same pesticides can also have a large number of negative health and environmental effects.

With this in mind, Luca Speziga, Founder and CEO Agafert, wanted to demonstrate that you could produce a completely natural fertiliser that was just as powerful as a chemical fertiliser, and with none of the negative side-effects. Now in their fourth year, their technology of ‘squeezing grass’ to extract mother nature’s own fertiliser is being sold in more than 50 countries and farmers have been amazed by its effectiveness. In this video, Luca explains how it all started:

 

With EIT Food, Agafert has received business training and took part in our Innovation Grants competition. EIT Food supports startups at every stage of their development: from ideas to global expansion. Check out how EIT Food can support your startup here.

"Organic means: exactly the same effectiveness as chemical fertilisers"
- Luca Speziga
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EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, with the aim to create a sustainable and future-proof food sector.The initiative is made up of a consortium of key industry players, startups, research centres and universities from across Europe. It is one of eight Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) established by the European Institute for Innovation & Technology, an independent EU body set up in 2008 to drive innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe.EIT Food aims to collaborate closely with consumers to develop new knowledge and technology-based products and services, that will ultimately deliver a healthier lifestyle for all European citizens.

Out of Date: An intelligent food freshness label that can help tackle food waste

Out of Date: An intelligent food freshness label that can help tackle food waste

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Shockingly, we dispose of a third of all the food we produce and a lot of food waste is linked to 'date marking'. Maria Hidalgo, Co-Founder and CEO ColorSensing, is on a mission to change this with her startup ColorSensing. Discover how her technology can tell you the truth about what is happening inside the food package. 

Food Innovation: 3D-printed meat-free steak from plant-based proteins

Food Innovation: 3D-printed meat-free steak from plant-based proteins

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It is clear that we need to provide alternatives to the current meat production system. In this video, researcher Giuseppe Scionti, Founder and CEO of NovaMeat takes you on a visit to his workplace where his new food technology first came to life.

Food storage: An alternative to single-use plastic in the kitchen

Food storage: An alternative to single-use plastic in the kitchen

01 March 2019

It’s not just the food in our food system that needs to change, it’s also how we package it.  The plastic problem is damaging ecosystems on land and at sea. Sensing both the need to tackle the problem and seeing the opportunity, Işınsu Kaya launched Mumo Wrap. In this video, she takes us through Istanbul on a journey to discover this new technology.