Biological Diversity

Evolva supports the three main aims of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources.

Environmental footprint

Fermentation offers a reduced environmental footprint for many ingredients where the supply from traditional approaches is challenged. We focus on ingredients that occur in vanishingly low quantities, often less than 1% of a plant’s dry weight. Ingredients sourced from these types of supply chains make it necessary to grow many tonnes of the plant just to get 1 kg of the desired ingredient.

Traditional cultivation also requires a significant amount of land, water, energy and solvents to extract the active ingredient.

Fermentation processes can use less land, less water, less energy and less (or no) solvents. We focus on ingredients where fermentation can improve the environmental footprint of a supply chain.

Safe microbes in contained environments

All our ingredients are produced in contained “closed-loop” manufacturing facilities that are regularly inspected by regulatory authorities. The genes that we use are either sourced from various species, in compliance with the CBD, or constructed de novo based on online databases or other sequence data.

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Evolva is committed to following both the letter and spirit of the CBD. We support the three main aims of the CBD – the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources.

By growing ingredients in yeast, for example, we create the opportunity to return the land required to grow these ingredients back to the birds and the bees. In some cases, the natural environment and biodiversity can be saved from destruction in the first place.

The other part of our commitment is donating 1% of our product revenues to support biodiversity conservation and science education in developing countries. More information on our approach can be found on the ”Giving Back” page.

Responsible Supple Chain

Suggested Publications