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Reduce Fertilizer Waste

40-80 percent of fertilizer is lost to the environment, largely driven by manual and lagging systems which are unable to provide oversight on lost product and waste.

Context & Challenges

40-80 percent of fertilizer is lost to the environment, representing a huge resource lost for farmers and colossal environmental harm.

Runoff fertilizer is toxic, causing eutrophication and destroying ecosystems by depriving inhabitants of oxygen, as occurred in the 2014 Lake Erie algae bloom. The most common groundwater contaminant is nitrate, the primary component in fertilizer.

Beyond nitrate, other components of fertilizer are toxic such as Urea, a common nitrogen source in fertilizer that breaks down into ammonia which can lead to harmful algal blooms in waterways and enters the atmosphere as potent greenhouse gases.

The result is that many of our waters are incredibly polluted, with over 95% of British rivers and 85% of all waters in the UK would not pass even liberal standards of ecological quality. This can have adverse effects on a farmer’s whole business as these waterways are used to grow agriculture.

Additionally, fertilizer waste, if not controlled, can be a regulatory nightmare for producers.

The driving factor behind the proliferation of lost product in fertilizer is lack of traceability.

  • Manual and lagging tracking systems for fertilizer product – dearth of oversight
  • Limited or siloed data – little ability to track fertilizer product from origin through distribution to application

It’s near impossible to know exactly how much fertilizer is applied and where, and by extension know how much waste is created. This creates a situation whereby product is easy to lose, and in the case that it is lost, a measure of the issue is not readily available, in turn leading to inadequate responses to lost product.

  • Farmers
    Fertilizer runoff and waste damages producers’ land, and as regulation increases will become more of a regulatory headache.
  • Waterways
    Eutrophication and pollution of waterways affects aquatic life, and the environment as a whole, creating detrimental imbalances.
  • Society
    Runoff and waste can introduce harmful toxins into drinking water, with serious health implications for society.
  • Fertilizer Application
    Traceability for fertilizer waste inherently provides information that could drive more efficient and precise fertilizer application.

The Good News

STRATO’s track and trace demo creates an immediately traceable supply chain for fertilizer, reducing the risk of lost product, and driving awareness around it.

  • STRATO’S Automation allows quick and efficient data logging on a product’s movement
  • STRATO’S Universal ledger enables mutual oversight for permissioned parties
  • STRATO’S Immutability and traceability ensures accuracy of data
  • STRATO’S Scalability drives easy adoption for any sized company or supply chain without compromising performance

Solution Benefits

  • Automate data gathering on fertilizer product and its movements from origin to end
  • Enable seamless communication between parties through the single ledger
  • Trigger automatic responses to pre-determined events (e.g. losses of a certain magnitude) through smart contracts
  • Add private chains to scale to include all affected supply chains and parties

Any STRATO insurance solution leverages STRATO’s enterprise grade features

  • Identity Management, OAuth and SSO capabilities for simplified IoT authorization and user login
  • Privacy via private chains to keep any competitive/operations data private
  • Enterprise Data Modeling for integration of existing and future models