Transforming agriculture through future-positive nitrogen management

Chris Abbott

Chris Abbott|June 17th, 2024

Transforming agriculture through future-positive nitrogen management

When it comes to nitrogen management, agriculture faces a complex challenge brought about by complex systems. Growers’ nitrogen programs depend on, and are influenced by, an array of factors: extreme weather and drought, input price volatility, fragile global supply chains, lean margins, and demographic shifts in both the aging farming population and the exploding global population.

There are more mouths to feed than ever before, but we have less land on which to grow food to feed them—and a less hospitable climate. The higher yields delivered by synthetic nitrogen fertilizer support about half the world’s population, but the synthetic nitrogen fertilizer industry is also responsible for more emissions than either aviation or maritime shipping—making it a tension the world must resolve.

Increasingly, chemistry is being replaced with biological solutions that are more sustainable for the planet, and more affordable and reliable for growers. We’re at a turning point, and we have an imperative to bring forward the most efficient, sustainable solutions—environmentally and economically.

Pivot Bio exists to shape the future of agriculture. Our investment in biological tools can manage this system differently. We can safeguard growers against variability and volatility while feeding the planet and making its ecological systems healthier. We deliver a premium-performing product at or below the cost of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer, without the environmental drawbacks.

Pivot Bio takes a future-positive approach, and the fact that our solution exists and is ready to scale is exciting. But we recognize it is not enough.

It’s our mission to serve as a catalyst, bringing people together across sectors to deliver creative solutions so that we can set up both growers and downstream partners, like CPG brands, for success. No single solution can deliver sustainable agriculture on its own. No single player in this space can tip the scales of nitrogen management to set us on a future-positive course. Right now, we stand at an inflection point to make the future we imagine a reality—and it’s a mission we need to take up as a collective.

By leading the fertilizer conversation, Pivot Bio is determined to bring people together across sectors—from seed producers, to ag inputs manufacturers, to CPG brands, and synthetic fertilizer companies—in pursuit of a brighter future for all of us.

Transforming agriculture isn’t a zero-sum game. If we can find a way to work together, it’ll mutually benefit us all. Technology is cost-deflationary, and Pivot Bio is poised to improve costs for growers and to improve margins for partners—including fertilizer companies. In this equation, everybody wins if we work together. From upstream partners to complementary technologies to commodity brands to the fuels market, there’s opportunity at every step and in every sector to realize sustainable impacts and economic advantages.

None of us can meet agriculture’s complexities alone; rather, each of us holds a piece of the puzzle. Only together can we do the important work of feeding the world in a way that protects the planet.

Growers have been good stewards of the land and the foundation of our global economy for millennia, and the only reason Pivot Bio can do any of this work—can make any impact at all—is because of their trust and partnership. But there is more that all of us in the agriculture sector can and must do to help them. 

Meeting this moment requires an all-in approach. Our positive vision for the future requires partnership: greater collaboration and focus on crop nutrition across the food system. Pivot Bio is taking the long-term view, and we hope you’ll join us.

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