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PepsiCo Tests Greener Fertilizers To Reduce Tropicana’s Carbon Footprint

March 11, 2010: 03:14 AM EST
Concerned about the fairly large carbon footprint – thanks to nitrogen-based fertilizers – of its Tropicana orange juice, PepsiCo has contracted with two companies to develop greener plant foods. So far, they have come up with two possibilities that are being tested at one of PepsiCo’s Florida orange farms. Each reduces the need for natural gas during production. One, based on calcium, gets rid of nitrous oxide emissions entirely. The other is based on locally-sourced organic, renewable, emission-reducing raw materials like biofuels. PepsiCo will conduct a long-term study of the two green fertilizers to make sure crop yield isn’t hurt over the long run. If successful, and if PepsiCo implements the new fertilizers systemwide, they “could have a major impact on U.S. farming and the corporation itself.”
Bryan Walsh , "Tropicana: Trying to Make a Greener Orange Juice", Time.com, March 11, 2010, © Time Inc
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