In the Press / 09.18.2017
Proving that there is no industry too niche for Caprock to be an expert on, the firm’s managing director, Matthew Weatherley-White was tapped by Forbes contributor, Devin Thorpe, to share an impact investors’ perspective on an inventive alternative to chemical and petroleum-based fertilizers.
“Petroleum-based fertilizers mean, as Michael Pollan is fond of saying, that we are all eating oil,” says Weatherley-White.
This comes halfway through an article celebrating/speculating about one family-owned business’s work on an ambitious and (so-far) hugely successful food-waste repurposing process. Grocery markets’ leftover food items are turned into edible pellets for animal consumption, the liquid residue is sent back to the farmers as a cleaner, high-nutrient fertilizer.
As an impact investor, says Matthew Weatherley-White, I’m intrigued. Clear benefits to healthy soils. Equally clear benefits to landfill management and organic waste therein (including landfill-released GHG reduction). Using organic, composted fertilizer on crops is a fantastic benign-by-design chemical replacement. And the potential for scale is certainly compelling: the combination of food waste reduction and ag chemical substitution could be a massive opportunity.”READ MORE