THRIVE Alumni Update: California Safe Soil Saves Farmers Money, Combats Food Waste
The following statistic may or may not come as a surprise: “consumers, businesses, and farmers spend $218 Billion a year growing, processing, transporting, and disposing 62 million tons of food that never gets eaten.” (ReFED) Dan Morash, CEO of California Safe Soil, a graduate company of THRIVE’s first accelerator cohort, has the technology to mitigate half of this. Today, the CSS technology is diverting uneaten food’s route to the landfill by recycling and returning it to the soil where it stimulates growth and prevents fertilizer runoff.
“We take all of it [food waste], and put it in the soil where it stimulates growth and sequesters carbon that would otherwise be emitted into the environment”. Harvest to Harvest, the company’s flagship product could be considered a modernized version of technology dating back to early Americas, when Native Americans would use fish byproducts to fertilize maize crop. Today, at CSS’ facility, the process occurs by mechanically grinding, heating, and enzymatically digesting food collected from recycling partners, producing an organic amendment containing amino acids, fatty acids and sugars that soil organisms and plants thrive on.