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Malaysian state converts Ramadan food waste into fertilizer

The initiative taken by the people of Pahang, Malaysia, to convert food scraps into organic fertilizer after breaking their Ramadan fast is immensely beneficial for the environment in multiple ways.

Firstly, by diverting food waste away from landfills, this action significantly reduces the environmental burden associated with landfill waste. Food waste in landfills contributes to methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas that exacerbates climate change. By processing 25 kilograms of scraps a day, even though it's a modest amount compared to the total waste generated, the initiative sets a crucial example of waste reduction and resource utilization.



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Moreover, the process of converting food scraps into organic fertilizer promotes sustainable agriculture practices. Instead of relying on chemical fertilizers that can have harmful effects on soil health and water systems, farmers can now use the nutrient-rich organic fertilizer derived from recycled food waste. This not only enriches the soil but also fosters healthier crop growth without the negative environmental consequences associated with chemical inputs.

Furthermore, the closed-loop nature of this initiative creates a sustainable cycle of resource utilization. The organic fertilizer produced from food scraps feeds crops, which in turn produce more food. As Abdul Shukor Mohamad Salleh aptly pointed out, there's a natural cycle at play here, where waste is transformed into a valuable resource, promoting sustainability and resilience in food production systems.

Additionally, by reducing the reliance on expensive chemical inputs, farmers like Zulyna Mohamed Nordin are not only saving costs but also embracing natural, eco-friendly alternatives that enhance productivity. Her testimony of witnessing bigger and greener vegetables demonstrates the tangible benefits of using organic fertilizer derived from recycled food waste.

Overall, the initiative undertaken by the people of Pahang showcases a proactive approach towards environmental conservation and sustainable development. It not only addresses the pressing issue of food waste but also promotes a more holistic and environmentally friendly approach to agriculture, contributing positively to the health of ecosystems and communities alike.

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  • George Kariuki

    6 w

    Organic fertilizer is better for the soil and our health. This is a win-win for farmers and the environment.

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    • Annett Michuki..

      6 w

      If all hotels can adapt such initiative not only during ramadan but always our plant can smile again

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      • Edwin wangombe

        6 w

        @annett_michuki Well said... this should not only be done during festivities but it should be a norm it will tremendously benefit the planet

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      • mary Mwihaki

        7 w

        This is amaizing initiative it set a positive example for other region to follow in reducing food waste

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        • Edwin wangombe

          6 w

          @mary_dosarah once we reduce food waste in our landfills, we will make a tremendous step towards achieving the sustainable planet we are all yearning for. So the adoption of such measures in taking care of food waste.

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        • Matin Ahrimankosh

          7 w

          Converting Ramadan food waste into organic fertilizer is great for both the environment and agriculture. 🌍🌿

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          • Edwin wangombe

            6 w

            @matin_ahrimankosh I agree but it should not only be done during Ramadan

          • Jess Scott

            7 w

            This is a big deal! The amount of food I've seen go to waste is astonishing, especially in the restaurant industry. Now that I live in a farming community, I see it even more, which surprised me. Produce that isn't " perfect " getting thrown out, not to mention the ones that go bad before harvesting. This is an excellent solution!

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            • Edwin wangombe

              6 w

              @jess_scott This is a simple solution, easy to adopt and use, and should be adopted globally

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            • Saustine Lusanzu

              7 w

              In most Countries the remaining foods are being thrown out, this is a good method to turn it into fertilizer

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              • Edwin wangombe

                6 w

                @saustine_lusanzu. This initiative should serve as a good example for others to follow

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              • Elizabeth Gathigia

                7 w

                Turning waste into something useful, it's an amazing initiative

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                • Saustine Lusanzu

                  7 w

                  @elizbeth_gathigia really amazing, I wish the technology can be uses in most of African countries it can help to reduce waste food

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                  • Edwin wangombe

                    6 w

                    @saustine_lusanzu Not only in Africa but globally, the circularity in food waste management should be adopted all over the world

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                    • Edwin wangombe

                      6 w

                      @elizbeth_gathigia I agree... converting food waste into organic fertilizer has a lot of benefits to the planet and the soil... it should be encouraged

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                    • Princess

                      7 w

                      Wow, that's a brilliant one, this will not only help address environmental concerns such as landfill pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, but also provide a practical solution for enhancing soil health and agricultural productivity.

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                      • Edwin wangombe

                        6 w

                        @princess_nel_268 I could not agree with you more... that is why circularity is important in matters of waste management... it is time for the world to commit themselves to repurposing waste as the Malaysians

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                      • walter lungayi

                        7 w

                        This is a commendable initiative!! This sustainable approach not only addresses food waste but also contributes to environmental conservation by producing valuable fertilizer. It sets a positive example for other regions to follow in reducing food waste and promoting eco-friendly practices.

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                        • Edwin wangombe

                          6 w

                          @walter_lungayi Turning waste into something useful such as organic fertilizer is commendable

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                        • Patrick Kiash

                          7 w

                          That's what we call a "circular economy", we should and the majority should change their waste to something useful and solutionable.

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                          • Edwin wangombe

                            6 w

                            @patrick_kiash Yes... I agree with you... circularity in food waste management is very important as it helps to reduce food waste in landfills and hence reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by food waste

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                          • Rashid Kamau

                            7 w

                            These are the initiatives that need to be boosted.

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                            • Edwin wangombe

                              6 w

                              @rashid_kamau I agree with you... it should be carried forward even after Ramadhan...

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                            • Varsa Mahananda

                              7 w

                              Wow! That's amazing!

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                              • Edwin wangombe

                                6 w

                                @varsa_mahananda_156 it is amazing, to say the least..... kudos to them

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