The Grand Prize for the Global Environment Award is an awards program established with the special cooperation of the World Wide Fund for Nature to promote greater harmony between industrial development and the global environment. It is intended to promote product and technology development, environmental protection activities and business that contributes to the formation of a sustainable society while further raising awareness of environmental protection.
Asahi Biocycle developed technology that promotes circular agriculture as follows. Through microbial fermentation using Thervelics, a composting promoter containing Bacillus subtilis C-3102, incinerated food waste is reduced by a rate of 95% or higher, which enables the production of high-quality compost using high-temperature fermentation with aerobic bacteria. It can also be expected to increase crop yields when crops are grown in fields where the compost is applied.
Increased use of microbial fermentation technologies with Thervelics has the potential to form a more recycling-based society by reducing food waste incineration and landfill volume through reduced waste while promoting organic farming with compost. In actual application, Thervelics reduced food product waste from vegetable scraps and other waste from cut vegetables production by a rate of 95% or higher, and when the compost was used in actual fields, daikon radish yields increased by 51% and carrot yields by 43%.
The technology uses microbial fermentation and no high-tech devices or other equipment, so technical barriers are low, making it relatively easy to introduce in developing countries in Asia, Africa and other regions.
When the agricultural material using brewing yeast cell walls is applied to plants, it:
1Greatly contributes to increased crop yields;
2Enables less frequent use of chemical fertilizers;
3Facilitates stable crop production even in poor conditions, such as less sunlight;
4Reduces greenhouse gas emissions per unit of yield.
As a result, the material can be expected to contribute to the prevention of global warming and creation of a more sustainable, recycling-based society.
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