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Vermicomposting for sustainability!

by Yashaswi Hegde | 18-02-2023 13:44 recommendations 0

Vermicomposting is a process that involves the use of worms to decompose organic waste into nutrient-rich compost. In India, it is a common practice for households to have a small vermicomposting unit, often made using simple materials like old plastic drums or clay pots.

The worms used in vermicomposting are typically red wigglers or Eisenia fetida, and they break down organic waste by consuming it and leaving behind nutrient-rich castings. These castings can be used as a natural fertilizer for plants, which reduces the need for chemical fertilizers that can harm the environment.

Vermicomposting not only helps to reduce the amount of organic waste that ends up in landfills, but it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions. When organic waste is sent to landfills, it decomposes anaerobically and produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Vermicomposting, on the other hand, is an aerobic process that does not produce methane.

Overall, vermicomposting is a simple and effective way to manage organic waste while also contributing to the health of the environment. It is a practice that has been used in India for generations and continues to be a popular method of sustainable waste management today.

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