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MagrowTec™ generates significant GHG savings-
self-financed emission reduction without relying on subsidies


Greenhouse Gas from Pesticides- highest crop-input emitter after N-fertilizer*

Crop protection emits 136 million tonnes CO₂ equivalent annually including chemical manufacture, packaging, transportation and spray application

136 mT CO₂e per annum, which is equivalent to:

  • Over 40% of all on-farm diesel emissions globally

  • Almost 40% of GHG emissions from N-fertilizer manufactured for use in crop production

This does not include pesticide-related GHG emissions that have not yet been scientifically calculated at global level

  • Emissions related to manufacture of inert ingredients (e.g., which make up 50%-75% of Glyphosate-based products)

  • Nitrous Oxide emitted from soils due to pesticide spray missing its target (over 70% wasted – generating adverse soil-microbe activity)

  • Ground-level ozone produced by breakdown of certain active ingredients post application

  • High global warming potential (GWP) of volatile derivitaves of certain pesticide products (e.g., Sulfuryl Flouroxide)

Pesticide related GHG emissions receive relatiely less attention compared to diesel usage, N-fertilizers manufacture or enteric methane but contribute significantly to global warming effects from agricuture 

*Excluding methane emissions from rice paddy

9% of total emissions across all crop production-much greater for some crops where high rates/multiple applications are used*

MagrowTec™'s superior spraying performance delivers predictable and measurable reduction in GHG emissions related to crop production

Reduced chemical application reduces GHG while saving money

  • One MagrowTec™ Large-boom unit generates lifetime GHG savings equivalent to two EV passenger cars** (i.e., from chemical savings alone)

  • 100,000 tonnes CO₂e emissions avoided by MagrowTec™ by end FY28 based on current budget (using conservative assumption for field crops*** and not including MagrowTec™'s greenhouse or airblast markets

  • On-farm GHG reductions can be calculated based on chemical & diesel savings, providing valuable data to farmers and their crop processors 

The attached recent research (2022) is interesting in this regard; (1) pesticide GHG emissions are not included in total agriculture emissions (which seems odd – probably included under industrial), (2) the contribution is significant in certain crops, e.g., in orchards pesticides account for 51% of GHG, 37% in grapes, 12% in sugar beet

Producing one kilogram of pesticide requires, on average, 10 times more energy than one kilogram of nitrogen fertilizer. Some pesticides, like sulfuryl fluoride, used on insects like termites and beetles, are themselves greenhouse gases: emitting one ton of sulfuryl fluoride is the equivalent of emitting nearly 5,000 tons of CO2  (source)  (i.e., sulfuryl fluoride has GWP of 5000 which makes it one of the most potent GHGs….worse than many refrigerant gasses which have been banned)

Results show that pesticide manufacturing represents about 9% of the energy use of arable crops – less for spring crops and more for potatoes. The amount represents about 100-200 MJ/t of crop. Given the above maxima and minima, the range is no lower than 6% and no higher than 16%.

Pesticide manufacturing represents about 3% of the 100-year Global Warming Potential (GWP) from crops. This lower value is because about 50% of the GWP from arable crops is due to the field  missions of nitrous oxide from the soil which has a very large GWP. (source)

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