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The world needs more sustainable agriculture.

Agricultural Runoff

Water from farm fields, known as agricultural runoff, often contains pesticides, sediment, nutrients, and metals that are harmful to the environment. Polluting agricultural runoff is a leading source of water contamination in rivers, lakes and coastal waters, where it can trigger harmful algae blooms or create vast “dead zones” in coastal waters.

“Polluted agricultural runoff is the leading source of water pollution in rivers and lakes.” – National Institutes of Health (NIH)

“Experts predict a decline in sustainable food resources (e.g. freshwater and coastal fisheries) due to pollution.”  – Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

“Generating 3cm of topsoil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world’s topsoil could be gone within 60 years.”  – Scientific American

“Each 1 degree Celsius rise in global temperatures will cut 3–10% from average global cereal yields.” – Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Soil Degradation

Agricultural land across the globe is suffering incredible soil degradation due to the improper use and poor management of farmland. This degradation often involves declines in fertility, changes in alkalinity, contamination of soil by pollutants, loss of organic matter, and significant erosion. If left unaddressed, soil degradation can have a massive negative impact on the quality and quantity of the Earth’s topsoil.   

Declines in Nutrient Density

Rising CO2 levels, pollution, and soil depletion have resulted in sharp declines in nutrient density of crops around the world. At least half of all children worldwide aged 6 months to 5 years suffer from one or more micronutrient deficiency and an estimated 2 billion people globally are at risk of micronutrient malnutrition, which is considered a threat to human health on a global scale, according to the World Health Organization.

“The average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27%; iron levels 37%; vitamin A levels 21%, and vitamin C levels 30% from 1975 to 1997.” – Kushi Institute

“Iron deficiency is one of the most prevalent nutrient deficiencies in the world, affecting an estimated two billion people.” – World Health Organization

“2 billion people – over 30% of the world’s population – are anaemic, many due to iron deficiency, and in resource-poor areas, this is frequently exacerbated by infectious diseases.” – World Health Organization

“Millions of children suffer from stunted growth, cognitive delays, weakened immunity and disease as a result of micronutrient deficiencies.” – UNICEF

Micronutrient Deficiencies

Micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) are crucial to good health. It is especially important that young children eat high-quality food as they grow and develop; without nutrient-dense food, their minds and bodies won’t develop as they should. Unfortunately, low soil and crop quality in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa are leading to micronutrient deficiencies (or hidden hunger). “While a child may go to sleep each night with a full belly, micronutrient deficiencies mean that his or her body is still hungry for good nutrition. Millions of children suffer from stunted growth, cognitive delays, weakened immunity, and disease as a result of micronutrient deficiencies,” says UNICEF.

The world needs more sustainable agriculture.

Farmers around the world need micronutrient fertilizers that maximize crop yield and quality. 

The world needs sustainable agriculture that protects the planet while addressing the challenge of micronutrient deficiency. 

Both needs can be met.

Our Mission

Lucent Biosciences is tackling the climate impact on food security and nutrition with sustainable, carbon-neutral, and non-polluting fertilizers that regenerate soils and help farmers improve yields and grow high-quality crops.

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