Every day, the food we eat connects us to a vast global network involving farmers, traders, processors, distributors, and others in the food chain, from start to finish. The crucial issues for humanity center around this global food system.

The ecological footprint of the global food system is significant. In fact, agriculture occupies nearly 40% of the earth's surface, far surpassing all other human activities. Additionally, crop irrigation consumes 70% of water used globally, and agriculture directly contributes to approximately 11% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, primarily attributable to livestock. The expansion of agricultural areas can lead to deforestation, additional GHG emissions and the reduction of biodiversity.

The OECD lists the three challenges we face: feeding a growing population, providing income for farmers and protecting the environment, and they must be tackled at the same time if we are to make lasting progress on all fronts.

Materia Nova's projects and innovations in this sector focus on two axes:

1/ the production of clean energy from waste or discharge of agricultural origin:

  • optimization of biogas production,
  • the production of ammonia (without CO2) thanks to urine,
  • CO2 conversion.


2/ advanced technological solutions to increase production and reduce environmental impacts: