The activity for sustainability / Using Nutritious Liquids as Organic Fertilizers Produced during the Making of AJI-NO-MOTO®

The activity for sustainability

Using Nutritious Liquids as Organic Fertilizers Produced during the Making of AJI-NO-MOTO®

It's time to harvest ripe, succulent grapes this year. The grapes that have grown under Brazil's bright sun, and are about to be shipped, have been fed with organic fertilizers produced during the making of AJI-NO-MOTO®.
The raw materials for AJI-NO-MOTO®'s ingredients are agricultural produce from many regions around the world. We strive, in the areas where we source ingredients, to make our products in ways that help ensure that nature's bounties are sustainable. This desire has developed into a "bio-cycle" to completely use up all ingredients without wasting any parts of them and to connect the gifts from those ingredients to people's lives and to nature. The "bio-cycle" is the foundation of the Ajinomoto Group's businesses around the world.

We manufacture amino acids, including those for AJI-NO-MOTO®, at amino acid fermenting plants in Asia, the U.S. and Europe. Amino acids are produced by fermenting sugarcane, cassava and/or corn—plant ingredients easily accessible locally—with the action of microorganisms.

For the sustainable agricultural production, the resource circulation of local farming must be sound. For this reason, the Ajinomoto Group has worked with local farmers for over three decades to build a resource circulative system of farming and amino acid making.

Amino acids, including those for AJI-NO-MOTO®, are made by fermenting the sugars of agricultural products. The liquids left over after extracting amino acids contain rich nutrients. In the Ajinomoto Group, we call these liquids
"co-products," and sell them to local farmers as organic fertilizers. The farmers, in turn, feed their sugarcane and other plants with these fertilizers, and those plants then become raw materials for AJI-NO-MOTO® —creating a sound, sustainable cycle.
These fertilizers are used also for other crops, such as pomelos and gum trees, contributing to local farming.

This is what we call the "bio-cycle"—a cycle of giving back to local farmlands for future production what we get from them. A "bio-cycle" is now in place at every one of our plants and the communities in which they operate around the world. Our approach to using up valuable resources, even the byproducts of our manufacturing processes, benefits local farming in the areas where we operate.

* "AJI-NO-MOTO®" is Ajinomoto Co., Inc.'s registered trademark for the umami seasoning products.