Is Recycling Urine the secret to building Sustainable Food Systems?

Through research and education, the Rich Earth Institute encourages the conversion of recycling urine into fertilizer. They argue that this diversion of human waste can help conserve water, reduce pollution, and provide farmers with a sustainable alternative to synthetic fertilizers. ์นด์ง€๋…ธ์‚ฌ์ดํŠธ

According to Rich Earth, an adult produces between 378 and then 567 liters of urine per year. While most households discard this waste. The organization wants to help the public see urine as a rich source of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, nutrients needed for food production.

Many farmers support crops with synthetic fertilizers. But these chemicals can harm the environment, and the US Environmental Protection Agency has shown that too much synthetic nitrogen. Can contribute to ozone depletion, pollution of drinking water and oxygen depletion in aquatic ecosystems. Since 2012, Rich Earth trials have shown that fields treated with urine. Can produce comparable yields to fields treated with artificial fertilizer.

โ€œYou can [call it] purified urine because that’s what we do: we pasteurize the urine. So it’s disinfected, that’s for sure.”

Film series speaks for industrial agriculture and then agroecology in Africa

The Community Alliance for Global Justice (CAGJ) and then the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) recently launched the fourth part of their series of short films Science entitled Science. The new episode details the role of Western philanthropy in undermining traditional agroecological practices in Africa. African farmers are calling for more support for the practice of agroecology.

The episode also aims to refute the notion that agroecology is backward or has no research basis. “We wanted to show that agroecology is a science itself.” Ashley Fent, AGRA Watch Research Consultant at CAGJ, told Food Tank. Agroecology is really about taking the diversity and complexity of interactions and relationships in the natural world. And then that’s basically science. “Scientific research shows repeatedly that agroecology increases yields and provides a healthy and balanced diet. Reduces operating costs and increases farm profitability,โ€ underlines the episode. Waste recycling also benefits the environment by helping keep waterways clean. ์˜จ๋ผ์ธ์นด์ง€๋…ธ์‚ฌ์ดํŠธ

By collecting urine and keeping it out of the wastewater stream. We can prevent drugs from entering sensitive aquatic ecosystems and water resources.

A Model for Bold Agricultural Transition in Kenya

Kenya’s agricultural sector employs over 70% of the rural population. However, the effects of climate change and excessive costs for food, fuel and fertilizer have put pressure on small farmers, leaving millions across the country suffering from hunger.

Today, the Drylands Farmer Research Network (FRN) in West Pokot District, Kenya hopes to serve as a model for community-based food system transformation and climate adaptation. The West Pokot County region is arid and weak plants grow on degraded soils. Over 45, 1.4 million tons of earth were washed away. Deep gorges, dug by water and exacerbated by drought and climate change, threaten food production and pastures.

The community considered the situation to be irreversible and then irreparable. Drylands FRN, a partner of the McKnight Foundation’s Global Collaborative Crop Research Program. Established in 2014 as a social initiative to address these challenges. It all started with the collaboration of five small farmers with the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, the local government, local schools and the University of Eldoret.

The team adopted integrated Gully Rehabilitation Trusts. A group of 385 households spread across five soil and water conservation groups, to address gully erosion. ๋ฐ”์นด๋ผ์‚ฌ์ดํŠธ

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