CO2-positiv mad

Vores vision & værdier

This is a draft document of our vision and it is work under progress.

TL;DR; We are building a circular economy around food and CO2, allowing us to control the aspects that drive positive impact on nature. We will try to manage the different aspects needed ourselves, under the same concept, because global warming can only be solved with fully-integrated efforts.

No food company wants to tells you their exact CO2 emissions although they know it fairly well.

In a small farm-to-table project like ours, CO2 emissions are mostly driven by gasoline / diesel spent running vehicles. (Gasoline = 2.38 kg of CO2 per liter, diesel = 2.66 kg of CO2 per liter). We use a no-dig method that does not involve big machines in the field so most emissions are caused by transportation of food from our suppliers and to your home.

We know exactly how much gas is used so we know how many CO2 emissions are produced by us every month (or on every delivery)

We’re soon reducing our CO2 emissions by 60% with electric vans. But that’s not enough. We need to become CO2 neutral and go beyond that.

We are pro-nature so we need to build an ecosystem that is centered around soil quality and around reverting CO2 emissions. This is our model: inputs add economic value to our activities while allowing us to add a positive impact to nature. 

Planting trees

Denmark cuts about 5.5 million christmas trees every year. If you buy a tree in a pot that gets replanted, you will immediately save ~ 18 kg of CO2 emissions because dead trees end burnt, which releases all CO2 stored by the young tree. Planting a tree allows it to sequesters 22.6 kg per year

Our 2020 goal is to become carbon neutral by December 2020, by replanting 3000 trees to immediately save 54.000 kg of CO2 emissions, while sequestering an additional 67.800 kg every year onwards. By the end of year 1, we can fully compensate the CO2 from driving 46.000 km in diesel vans or 115.000 km driven in electric vans.

The result? We can deliver to 1,200 homes, every week during the entire year at zero emissions , even when we consider the large impact from shipping produce from Italy (we only ship produce that is not available in Denmark during the winter).

Putting it differently: until we have 1200 weekly deliveries / clients, we are sequestering 2-5 times more CO2 than we are producing. 

We cannot calculate the co2 emissions caused by our suppliers when they grow food, but we’re working on it. But we know that those those are numbers that do not impact the big picture because we don’t work with large industrial farms. We will be working to quantify those numbers in detail.

Trees can help us when they’re used as edge rows since that allows our vegetables to be warmer as they grow. Trees also help us to provide a forest-like habitat to our happy chickens, under agro-forestry. 

We know that feeding 1200 homes isn’t much yet. But we know that we have a positive cycle that grows every time a family joins.

To give you a sense of scale, if all 5,500,000 trees in Denmark would be replanted, ~8x Denmarks would consume CO2 neutral food. Only 1375 ha of land (ie, ~1.5x the size of Amager or 0.03% of Denmark’s total area) would be required every year, which lead us to believe that climate change only happens because governments are lazy. It is our job as citizens to act.

Soil Management and composting

We are starting to bring horse manure and wood chips (typically wasted) into a professional composting system that feeds our soil. This is a cornerstone of our style of farming because we do regenerative and permaculture farming under “no-dig” practices. Shortly, this means that we continuously build organic nutrients in the soil like a forest does as it sheds leafs year after year after year. We grow our vegetables in fertile soil, rich in carbon and microbial and fungal life that promotes growth instead of trying to fight soil with pesticides and heavy machinery.

Our inputs (wood chips, horse manure and some chicken manure) and composted slowly and turned frequently to areate. This creates great food for bacteria that creates heat as they decompose the mix.  After months, the entire mix is reduced to a fraction of it’s size and the earth is as healthy as nature can do.

We also add wood chips to pathways in between planting rows. This incentivizes micro-organisms near our plants, slowly decomposing into the surrounding soil. The main pathways between our blocks are full of grass, which creates deep roots. We trim it to keep it nice. The trimmed grass is added to our composting while we provide clean pathways for visitors to walk by our fields. The deep roots in the pathways surround our planting blocks, reducing water and erosion. Some studies point to 15 extra tons of water stored in the top soil when using these techniques, which allows us to irrigate less while making the plants more healthy and resistent to drought.  

Delivery with electric cars

We are building a strategy fully supported by electric cars. Since we grow local and deliver local, this mission can be achieved quicker. International transport still contributes to ca 1/3 of total CO2 emissions but that is offset from our tree planting strategy. We are looking at ways to reduce this impact by moving goods by rail across Europe and will report on our progress.

Chickens and agro-forestry

We want to be involved in the production of healthy chickens and eggs at an amazing price. This is crucial since chickens are a great source of nitrogen, that feeds our soil fertility efforts. Chickens, when roaming free are also great at keeping pests under control

Not included in our strategy

We do not calculate yet the CO2 benefit from our no-dig farming that retains more CO2, moisture and life in the soil than traditional farming. This is not deeply studied but we want to quantify it value because we know that this kind of farming is the future.

Our next efforts in this CO2 neutral efforts

  • Measure CO2 emissions by suppliers

  • Create roadmap for implementation of e-vehicles

  • Explore rail as an alternative for transportation of goods from Italy

  • Involve the academia on the impact of our soil management and communicate more about research in this field 

Summing up..

We are building a circular economy for food and CO2 involved in the food industry. By growing our own food, managing our own transport, planting trees and producing compost allows us to have add value to nature, instead of exploiting it.

Because we are a small firm, we can become carbon positive in December 2020 since the number of trees planted overcomes the impact of transport, covering up to 1200 weekly deliveries to 1200 homes.

We are confident that this cycle is a positive trend as we grow as long as we keep expanding each of these initiatives.

Along this journey, we will continuously quantify our impact and the steps needed to move even further.

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