A COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE
Soilfood delivers a full service to optimise the benefits of using industrial side streams, which also promotes the interests of Metsä Fibre. The enterprise takes care of by-product processing and logistics, and ensures compliance with the legal requirements of the Fertiliser Product Act. Soilfood’s services for farmers include use planning and spreading fertiliser products directly onto the field.
FROM PULP FACTORY TO FIELD
The side streams and by-products of pulp manufacturing are also used in agriculture. Metsä Fibre supplies lime byproducts and wood ash from its Joutseno mill to Soilfood Oy for reprocessing into high quality fertilisers and soil improvement products.
A BETTER HARVEST WITH LOWER CARBON EMISSIONS
The co-operation between Soilfood and Metsä Fibre is a prime example of the circular economy in action. Substituting recycled fertilisers for fossil energy-intensive synthetic products helps to curb climate change by sequestering carbon to the soil and reducing the leaching of nutrients to watercourses. Returning nutrients and organic materials to the agricultural cycle is a costeffective way of helping farmers to improve crop yields.
SOIL IMPROVEMENT FIBRE PREVENTS EUTROPHICATION
Metsä Fibre is involved as a business partner in the NSPPulp research project financed by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation – Tekes to investigate the environmental and fertilising impacts of soil improvement fibre. Recent findings suggest that the risk of nutrient leaching from fields into watercourses can fall by as much as 77 per cent following soil improvement using Soilfood nutrient fibre made from fibre-rich forest industry side streams. In addition to Soilfood and Metsä Fibre, the other partners in the project are UPM, Stora Enso, Biolan, Fortum, Outotec, LUKE, Aalto University and Lappeenranta University of Technology.