According to United Nationsin the context of climate change that we are facing, the world is not on track to prevent future famine. In 2015, the number of people suffering from hunger began to slowly increase, estimating around 690 million people in this condition. It is projected that in one year it will increase by another 10 million and in five years, by another 60 million people.
One of the UN Sustainable Development Goals is to end hunger, however, if recent trends continue, the number of people affected will exceed 840 million by 2030.
The entity maintains that the increase in agricultural productivity and sustainable food production are crucial to help alleviate the risks of hungerand a profound change in the global agri-food system is necessary if the millions of hungry people and the 2 billion more people who will live in the world in 2050 are to be fed.
One of the solutions was created by a Chilean-Canadian entrepreneur. This is José Godoy Toku, founder and director of Lucent BioSciences a biotechnology company located in Vancouver, Canada, dedicated to the agricultural world with sustainable technologies to face climate change and famine.
The founder of Lucent BioSciences has Chilean and Canadian nationality. His parents came to Canada when he was one and a half years old in the year 74, due to the military dictatorship that began in Chile. There he studied at the University of Toronto, has a legal study of Canadian immigration. He currently lives in Vancouver, where he has dedicated himself to being an entrepreneur and investing in blue (sea) and green properties, companies and technologies.
“This opportunity came to me more than seven years ago with my partner Michael Riedijk, who is Dutch but also lives in Canada. We had the opportunity to understand a little about the situation of the effects of climate change. And we began to see and work on solutions that could mitigate this situation in general”, says Godoy from Canada.
Its star product is the biofertilizer Soils, carbon neutral and made from sustainable micronutrients. The product increases the density of nutrients in crops, regenerates the land, does not pollute agroecosystems, is part of the circular economy and aims to bring about profound change in the global agri-food system to help ensure the long-term sustainability and success of modern agricultural practices.
His vision is clear: improve the future. In that sense, companies and governments have their eyes on them and recently the Federated Co-opone of the largest agricultural cooperatives in Canada, opted for the Chilean and its biofertilizer to distribute it in all its stores.
Federated Co-op is a company with a sustainable vision, its sales are over ten billion dollars a year and it has 160 affiliated cooperatives. Through them, it will begin to distribute more than a thousand tons of Soileos from January 2023.
“They consider our product to be what they call innovative. We were cataloged as the product of the year, as an innovative platform and they are going to launch our product throughout Canada because they have a very important interest, which is that our micronutrients reach the ground and that from the ground they reach the mouths of the Canadians”, explains José Godoy with undisguised pride.
But not only the cooperative has seen the importance of the product. In May of this year the company Protein Industries Canada, made up of Lucent BioSciences and its partner AGT Foods, was awarded 19 million dollars delivered by the Canadian government to market the Soileos biofertilizer. In addition, that company along with three others are collaborating to install a production factory in Rosetown, Canada, to scale production.
Asúi summed up Senator Marty Klyne in a June 7 session of the Canadian Congress, praising the installation of the future factory: “Honorable senators, I rise today to celebrate an incredible investment in Canadian farmers for the benefit of all Canadians”, indicating how important your government’s support is in the creation of the factory in Rosetown to reduce carbon emissions and improve environmental sustainability.
Lucent BioSciences is also preparing to open four more factories around the world, one each in the United States, Turkey, Australia and South Africa.
With these recognitions and his great career in hand, José Godoy is preparing to visit Chile on September 9 and start a conversation with those involved in the agricultural world. Among them the minister of agriculture, innovation, farmers, industries, among others, all to publicize their biofertilizer and its positive aspects.
“We believe that the opportunity exists now and I am very excited to be able to present this to not only the government, but also the industry, so that we can push Chile to be a champion in this area”, comments the founder of Lucent BioSciences.
The biofertilizer not only helps regenerate the land and thus the environment, but also improves crop yields. In soybeans, production increases between 7 to 10%, in wheat between 5 to 10%, in corn between 5 to 12%, and when working with a specific crop such as tomato, lettuce, berries or other, an increase of 20 to 50% is seen.
The difference is that most traditional fertilizers focus on the macronutrients that plants require for growth, and to get those minerals to the plant they use ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), which works as a carrier for micronutrients. The bad thing is that it leaves residues that remain in the soil along with heavy metals that cause erosion and seep into the groundwater tables.
Dreams, on the other hand, It is produced based on waste from peas, lentils and other shells resulting from the agro-industrial processes of food processing.focuses on micronutrients that has proven to be 100% effective, returning the farmer three times the investment.
His idea is to work with Chile and perhaps create a factory in the country for mass distribution in the region. Its mission is to have sustainable agriculture and to be part of the solution to the problem of the food chain.
The creator of Soileos is convinced that this is the ideal time to invest in Chile: “At least abroad, we see that Chile has fairly significant economic stability, despite what politicians on the left or right may say. For us this is quite clear, we have to talk to this government now because we believe that we are on the same missionand that is why we believe that Chile is a good springboard, especially when there is a government like Boric’s,” he said.
For him, it is important that Chile take action on the matter and support government and private sector alliances that allow the development of a sustainable and sustainable market, and he called on the government to create sustainable technologies such as Soileos to enter a circular economy.
“Not buying these products from third parties, but producing them in Chile. Empower farmers, use our own resources, our own waste to produce a fertilizer that is totally green, that is not going to have any negative effect on the land and that is also regenerative”, he concludes.