Industries Nile Fiber™ will supply
Strategic Environmental Benefits of Nile Fiber™
Phytoremediation and soil detoxifier – Nile Fiber™ sequesters carbon from the atmosphere and phytoremediates 15 times faster per acre per year than any known plant or tree.
Virtually eliminates soil erosion – Soil mass is bound tightly by a highly developed fibrous root system.
No tilling or disruption of the soil – After initial planting the only mechanized component is gathering crop with a low ground pressure forage harvester.
Minimal chemical inputs – No pesticides or fungicides needed. Low fertilizer requirements – fertilizer applications are less than half that of conventional crops.
Creates wildlife habitat – Minimal disruption and long duration between harvests creates habitats for migratory birds.
Reduces potential for drought – Green belts cool the surface and draw moist cover from clouds increasing rainfall.
Creates new soil – Growing Nile Fiber creates new soil particles and increases soil depth and matrix over time.
Oxygenates the air and purifies the atmosphere – High metabolism of Nile Fiber loads the environment with oxygen and reduces dusts and pollen.
Nile Fiber™ is truly a remarkable plant. It is a perennial grass that grows so vigorously it can be harvested annually. When grown as a crop it drastically reduces soil erosion compared to annual crops because annual plowing and seeding are not necessary. It also returns essential nutrients to the soil. Nile Fiber™ is a fast growing grass that proliferates during the warm seasons of the year. During colder months it becomes dormant and in this state is able to survive temperatures well below freezing.
Rain forests play an invaluable role in sustaining life on Earth. Extending from the colder climates of Alaska and Chile to the tropics of South America, Africa, and Asia, rainforests provide a critical habitat for many of the Earth’s plant and animal species. Industrial society has tended to see forests as free sources of valuable materials or as needless woods, occupying land and getting ‘in the way’ of development. As a result, the planet loses another two football fields of its precious rainforest cloak every second. Old growth forests are cleared for ‘development,’ agriculture, cattle-grazing and plantations among other reasons.
The pulp and paper industry is the largest single industrial wood consumer in the US and in the world. Paper production is one of the primary reasons our forests are being clear-cut at such a dizzying pace. And many of these products – office paper, post-it pads, paper towels, napkins, etc, – are used once and then thrown away. Paper comprises 40-50% of the trash in typical landfills. Every day we are losing more of our forests to the production of paper products.
Pulp mills in the United States consume more than 12,000 square miles of forest each year; almost half of all trees logged are turned into paper, and the percentage is increasing. In the US, our per capita paper usage tips the scales at 735 pounds of paper per year. Currently, 90% of the world’s paper is manufactured from wood pulp, but in the United States less than 1% of the total pulp produced is manufactured from nonwood, tree free alternatives. More than half of our paper in the US comes from Southern forests, the region containing the greatest biodiversity in the continental US. Office paper also contains pulp made from old growth trees – such as majestic 1000-year-old Douglas firs from the Pacific Northwest, or Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest. Paper comprises from 40 to 50% of the trash in typical landfills.
Since 1960, about 30% of the earth’s tropical forests have disappeared, and with them, thousands of species have become extinct. Between 50% and 90% of the terrestrial species inhabit and depend upon forests, and more than half of the threatened vertebrate species on earth are forest animals. The link is clear: lose forests — lose species.