Posted on February 11, 2020 by Sustainable Food News

U.S. organic pesticide maker compares GHG impact

Marrone Bio to soon publish sustainability progress in ESG report

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI), a manufacturer of certified-organic and natural pest management products for crops, said Tuesday switching from conventional chemical pesticides to its own biopesticides would cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions between 69 percent and 91 percent, or 39 to 46 kilograms of CO2 equivalents per acre per year.

Davis, Calif.-based Marrone (Nasdaq:MBII) sells about a dozen pesticides including two that are certified under the USDA’s National Organic Program for use in organic gardening and farming.

The company said the GHG comparison comes from a new study conducted with UC-Davis Graduate School of Management to determine the GHG effects of commercial MBI products compared with conventional chemical pesticides or other alternative competitive products.

To assess greenhouse gas effects, MBI conducted an inventory analysis on company-wide emissions by source, facility and activity, based on wastewater discharge, water consumption, irrigation water use, electricity use and fuel combustion.

The comparative assessment was based on pesticidal products’ manufacturing processes, labeled rates and seasonal use practices.

“Our study results underscore how MBI’s products can become an integral part of our customers’ commitment to sustainable agriculture in their pest management and plant health choices,” said Marrone Bio founder and CEO, Pam Marrone, who announced her retirement in December.

The GHG study’s findings will serve as a baseline to a recent commitment to disclose MBI’s sustainability progress in the form of an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report, which will be developed following a materiality assessment and audit of additional ESG factors and goals by MZ Group’s ESG iQ team.

“Companies are increasingly integrating non-financial ESG and sustainability criteria into their corporate reporting, and this trend aligns perfectly with our mission to create a more a sustainable world with our innovative biological products,” said Marrone.

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