Composting is the process of breaking down organic materials into humus, which plants need to thrive. It feeds the millions of micro-organisms that give us compost in return.
A good compost helps your plants resist pests and disease and supports healthy soil. The end result of this is plants rich in nutrients which support life. Instead of throwing out your waste, you can turn it into fertile soil, thus doing your bit to contribute to a more eco-friendly, sustainable world.
In a developing country like India where nearly a third of the population is hungry, over a quarter of food produced is lost to spoilage. And the hundreds of millions of livestock on the continent are responsible for degrading almost half of crop land in the country.
With Earth5R’s community sustainability project in several rural parts of India the uneaten food, manure, and other forms of waste are being used by farmers to produce fertilizer, fuel, and food.
About 2 percent of waste generated in Worli Naka slum at Mumbai, and 15 percent in Chadivali Slum at Mumbai, is now utilised through community composting project of Earth5R.
Composting food waste relieves pressure on landfills while producing an inexpensive, nutrient-rich soil amendment that farmers use to improve soil fertility. Compost adds organic matter to the soil, increasing the water-holding capacity of its structure, facilitating root penetration and making nutrients available to crops over time.
A number of composting projects by Earth5R across Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Varanasi, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad have been teaching farmers how to compost and improve the quality of compost produced.