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At Porfidio we follow a strict policy of not purchasing agave plants from agro-corporations, which are, in most instances, grown on prime agricultural land suitable for other essential food crops, such as corn, with the objective being to create unnaturally oversized agave plants, as agave is customarily sold in Mexico by the kilo. Our refusal to purchase as such is not only an altruistic argument towards the enduring sustainability of the most efficient long-term use of our planet’s land resources, but also good for Porfidio on an individual basis. Harvesting slowly-grown agave plants from their natural habitat in the semi-desert creates the most flavor-intensive and thus desirable plants - which makes them nature's best for agave spirits production. This gives Porfidio its intense agave flavor that is so unequivocally unique when compared to other pure agave brands.
We are committed to sweet water conservation. Sweet water is an increasingly scarce resource in today’s world, in particular in those dry geographic regions where the agave is grown, and must therefore be preserved, to the best of our ability, for future generations. Wasting the world’s valuable and increasingly limited sweet water resources, particularly in semi-desert geographic regions located in developing countries such as Mexico, in order to accelerate the agave’s growth cycle and increase its size, is in our opinion not only unethical but also contradictory to high quality production standards of pure agave spirits. Irrigation of the land increases the water content of a agave plant and dilutes the aroma intensity within the plant.
The unique growing conditions of the agave, in terms of land use and the non-requirement of irrigation, also bring to the fore the agave’s uniqueness as a future potential source of biofuel. Porfidio is proud of having actively contributed to various ongoing international research projects on agave-generated biofuels by working with our micro-farmer partners in Mexico to source ideally suited mother plants. In particular we have contributed to an agave biofuel research project carried out by the University of Adelaide in Australia. Once this research is applied to the actual production of price-competitive biofuels, Porfidio will have contributed in some small way to the reduction of the world’s future carbon emissions.
We are committed to the reproduction of the agave plant by seed, rather than the more common and cheaper practice of reproducing the agave plant through its seedlings. By providing free seeds to our micro farmers, we not only benefit them, but also the agave growing community at large as we are also constructing a biological barrier against the spread of mono-culture agave diseases. These primarily affect agave plants grown from disease-prone DNA-debilitated seedlings,

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