TerViva partners with farmers to produce plant protein and vegetable oil from a legume tree called pongamia. To meet the rising demand for food, we need to better cultivate farmland. TerViva’s pongamia trees produce 10x more vegetable oil and 3x more protein per acre as compared to soy while also sequestering enough carbon during its lifespan to be carbon-neutral. TerViva is planting these trees with farmers on abandoned farmland to set a new standard in agriculture, making food, feed, and fuel more sustainably than other alternatives.
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As part of their Elemental Excelerator project, TerViva is partnering with agriculture landowners and local energy companies to grow 200+ acres (25,000 trees) of pongamia orchards throughout Hawaii to produce fuel and livestock feed.
Selected by their peers as the 2016 recipient of the EEx Ohana Award, TerViva will also be working alongside EEx agriculture company Kunoa Cattle Company to raise cattle on the TerViva seedcake product.