The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a Certified Biobased Product label to our Karanja Meal 4-1-1 Organic Fertilizer – 100% Single Cold Pressed™. You’ll now find a unique USDA label that highlights the percentage of biobased content in TerViva’s karanja seed meal.
The USDA Certified Biobased Product label displays the portion of a product that comes from a renewable source, such as plant, animal, marine, or forestry feedstocks. Utilizing renewable, biobased materials displaces the need for non-renewable petroleum-based chemicals and is increasingly important to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate global climate change.
“TerViva takes great pride in processing responsibly-sourced and bio-safe fertilizer for organic growers,” says Tom Schenk, TerViva’s Vice President of Corporate Development. “Our karanja seed meal is a high-protein, nutrient-dense plant food that feeds the soil’s biome and produces robust plants and yields. It is one of the very few fertilizer products available to gardeners and growers that does not carry the hidden contamination often found in animal-derived or plant-based fertilizers.”
“We applaud Terviva, Inc. for earning the USDA Certified Biobased Product label,” says Kate Lewis, USDA BioPreferred Program. “Products from Terviva, Inc. are contributing to an ever-expanding marketplace that adds value to renewable agriculture commodities, creates jobs in rural communities and decreases our reliance on petroleum.”
Biobased products are cost-comparative, readily available and perform as well or better than their conventional counterparts. According to a report that USDA released in 2016, biobased products contributed $393 billion to the U.S. economy in 2014 and support, directly and indirectly, 4.2 million jobs. Researchers estimate petroleum displacement of up to 6.8 million barrels in 2014. The increased production of renewable chemicals and biobased products contributes to the development and expansion of the U.S. bioeconomy – where society looks to agriculture for sustainable sources of energy, fuel, chemicals and products. Learn more about the USDA BioPreferred Program here.