Consider Agricultural Waste Uses Before You Toss Out Your Kitchen Waste
Why agricultural waste? In our previous blog post we talked about Zero Waste Hierarchy. Towards the bottom of the hierarchy, was the landfill. That is the last place we would want our beautiful natural resources to end up. Over the past few decades, waste generation has become a huge issue. Producing waste is obviously not something that can be stopped completely but the alarmingly high rates of generation pose another problem for the planet- disposal. Among the many different types of wastes, one that is significantly overlooked is agricultural waste. Now if you’re not involved in large-scale organic farming or growing your own produce, you may wonder; what does agricultural waste have to do with me? Agricultural waste has a potential to become a great source of energy and serve as a replacement for many artificial processes or products. The modern kitchen is an agricultural waste haven! To dive deep into what agricultural waste is, we must first know what it constitutes of.
Agricultural waste has four main categories:
- Animal waste: this could include animal excreta(manure), animal carcasses, etc.
- Farming waste: this could include the parts of crops that are mostly discarded. For example, cornstalks.
- Toxic chemicals: this includes pesticides, insecticides that are often used in agriculture.
- Food Processing waste: such as items removed from fruits and vegetables during cleaning, processing, cooking, and/or packaging.