Creating food systems for our planet

Transforming our food systems to feed our growing population and safeguard the Earth's resources

This year, our demand on the Earth exceeded its biocapacity on August 2nd

Earth Overshoot Day 2023

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We need farm-to-table change for the sake of our planet

Year after year of record temperatures, floods, wildfires, pollution and drought. Our planet just can't keep up. And feeding a population of nearly 10 billion by 2050 will strain its resources further. How do we create resilient food systems that work for our planet? From farm to table, people are trying to ensure food security without destroying the planet. Biosolutions can be an agent for change.

Farmers are on the front line of the planetary crisis. They’re already adapting through climate-smart agriculture, but the challenge is growing. They need to get higher yields from the same land, while struggling to make ends meet.
Producing food in the face of crisis

Food processing puts a heavy burden on the planet, and food processors work hard to reduce it. They strive to get the most from their raw materials while reducing their energy and water consumption.
Easing food processing’s burden on our planet

Consumers are having to face the reality of the climate impact of their diets. Retailers and consumers have to look for sustainable alternatives to what goes on our tables.
Changing our diet to protect our planet

Transform model - From farm to table

Our biosolutions for more sustainable baking

Biosolutions shrink baking’s environmental footprint in a range of ways. They help reduce baking times, dependency on chemicals and bread waste.

For every 100 units of bread consumed, up to 25 extra units are generally baked to cover stale returns. This waste increases bakeries’ emissions. Our anti-staling solutions help keep bread fresh for longer. You can calculate the resulting savings in CO2 emissions by trying our freshness calculator.


Of the world population of 
8bn, around 2.5bn depend on agricultural systems as their means of support

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

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Producing food in
the face of crisis

By 2050, farmers will need to feed an extra two billion people. But farms across the globe are facing extreme weather and a rise in pests and disease. The result is a predicted 30% decline in global yields by 2050. And at the same time, farming and other land use is also a key contributor to climate change, causing around 25% of greenhouse gas emissions. Farming is also responsible for 75% of freshwater use and with the runoff from farming we face severe water pollution

People are already putting the earth at risk by expanding into forests and wetlands that store vast amounts of carbon. We shouldn’t take more land for farming, so what can we do?

Farmers are working to develop resilient agricultural systems that can create food security with the resources they’ve got. And they’re striving to do that without causing any more harm to our planet. Biosolutions can help.

Transform model - Food production

Four ways biosolutions support food security

Biosolutions reduce carbon footprint of corn

More corn, lower emissions

Biosolutions increase corn yields by around 4%, reducing its carbon footprint by up to 15%. Applied to all US corn fields, biosolutions could deliver annual emissions reductions of 3.9M metric tons of CO2e.

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More from farms with less pollution

By helping livestock get more from their feed and crops get more from fertilizers, biosolutions reduce phosphorus and nitrogen levels in manure and on fields. That reduces runoff into waterways.

Biosolutions put less pressure on land

More soybeans, less pressure on land

Biosolutions improve Argentinian soybean yields by 6-7%. Higher yields have the potential to reduce the pressure farmland extension puts on crucial ecosystems.

Biosolutions fight pests
and disease

Climate change is making plant pests that ravage crops even more destructive.

Chemical pesticides provide effective pest and disease control. But they’re also linked to adverse effects on human health.

Biocontrol solutions work as a standalone or in combination with a much lower chemical application. That gives farmers a broader toolkit to control pests in the face of a changing climate, while reducing chemical pesticide usage.

733 million people live in countries with high and severe water stress

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Regional Water Dialogues in Latin America and the Caribbean

Earth water stress illustration

Easing food processing’s
burden on our planet

Drying, curing, heating, cooling, cleaning and refrigeration. These are all necessary to feed us but put a heavy burden on the planet. Their energy intensity makes processing a significant contributor to the food sector’s overall carbon footprint.

In addition, processes that convert raw materials into food and drink for consumers can generate waste streams that contribute to water pollution. Some processes also use harsh chemicals.

Food processing plants need to maintain a completely sterile environment, or they put consumers’ health at risk. Many plants rely on chemical cleaning agents such as caustics and acids. These increase energy and water usage, and their waste streams can also impact water quality.

Food processors are committed to reducing their environmental impact. They’re taking responsibility right across their value chains. Biosolutions can help.

Transform model - Food processing

Four ways biosolutions reduce the burden of food processing

Biosolutions lower emissions from Corn

Higher corn starch yields, lower emissions

With biosolutions, corn processors can meet their production targets with less corn. That means a cut in CO2e emissions of 9kg per metric ton of corn.

brewing filtration

Faster filtration, less water

Biosolutions reduce the environmental impact of beer in a range of ways. For example, they speed up filtration to save water, as well as reducing emissions.

Elimination of chemicals in margarine

No trans fats or harsh chemicals

Margarine processors remove trans fats through interesterification. Biosolutions eliminate harsh chemicals, and their waste streams, from the interesterification process.

Keeping processing plants
clean with biosolutions

Food needs to be processed in hygienically clean environments to keep us safe.

Chemical cleaning agents lead to a range of sustainability challenges. They need high temperatures, which increase energy usage. And if they’re not treated properly before being disposed of, they can impact waste streams, even in diluted form. Compared to chemicals, enzymes clean at lower temperatures and are 100% biodegradable.

They’re also better at breaking down organic matter, like protein soils in dairies. That can mean less cleaning, for water savings.

Food loss and waste account for 8-10% of global greenhouse gas emissions

United Nations' call for action on the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, September 2022

Greenhouse gas emission illustration

Changing our diet to
protect our planet

The dietary choices that we make have a major environmental impact. Our choices in the supermarket help determine what gets grown in the field and processed in factories.

Our choices and habits also determine the amount of food that gets lost and wasted. Food loss and waste account for 8 - 10% percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions come in part from food waste in landfills. As it rots it produces methane and other greenhouse gases.

Animal proteins are crucial sources of much-needed nutrients. But they also have a higher climate impact than their plant-based counterparts. The IPCC’s special report on climate change and land showed just how much consumers can reduce their emissions by moving towards diets with less meat.

Consumers are increasingly putting more climate-friendly foods on their tables. Biosolutions can help.

Transform Model - Food consumption

Three ways biosolutions support climate-friendly food security

Woman eating plant-based sandwich

Plant-based proteins

If you think you’re consuming more animal proteins than you need, you can shrink your environmental footprint by adding more plant-based proteins to your diet. According to the Good Food Institute, plant-based meat uses up to 99% less land and water than conventional meat. It also emits up to 90% less greenhouse gas and causes up to 91% less aquatic nutrient pollution.

Biosolutions unlock a range of benefits to make plant-based proteins more appealing to consumers.

Fermentation tanks

Fermentation-based proteins

Biosolutions also play a key role in fermentation-based proteins, another climate-friendly protein source. We make these proteins by adding protein-producing microorganisms to large fermentation tanks. The proteins they produce also save on water, emissions and land use.


According to one estimate, replacing a fifth of cattle meat with fungi 'meat' by 2050 could halve annual deforestation and related CO2 emissions.

Industrial metallurgical plant emitting Carbon dioxide (CO2)

Turning CO₂ into protein

Fermentation-based proteins are usually made by feeding microbes with sugar. With the Novo Nordisk Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we’re part of a consortium that’s working to turn CO2 into food for the microbes. Eliminating the need for sugar in the fermentation process will free up substantial agricultural areas.

This pioneering approach will help to fight the escalating global issues of food insecurity and greenhouse gas emissions.

And wait, there’s more

Fueling the world
with food waste

Each year, more than 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted in our food systems.

Through waste-to-biogas systems, the food that’s wasted could become a renewable energy alternative.

Biosolutions make more organic material available for biogas production and reduce water usage. That helps to make biogas production even more sustainable.

Biosolutions can also help
us tackle food loss
and waste

Helping us get the most from every resource.                                                   

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Biosolutions can help us
accelerate towards a
climate-neutral society