Biofuels are combustible fuels created from biomass.
“Firewood is the oldest bio-fuel mankind has used, now we have biogas, gasohol and many more. Carbon dioxide is produced when these burn, but as long as the trees and plants are allowed to re-grow, burning them simply helps carbon on its way round its natural cycle.
What is biogas? If we collect the faeces from humans and farm animals and place them in a ‘digester’ we can mimic what happens in a cow’s intestine, and we get biogas. There are many such digesters in use all round the world, where the gas is used for cooking and lighting and the remains are a rich fertiliser. Biogas digesters are used in most sewage works where the methane is burnt to generate electricity.
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One person ends up creating 1.5 tons of solid waste a year. 3/4th’s of that is recyclable, but only 30% is actually recycled. These figures are staggering and composting is a huge part of recycling I believe is going largely ignored by the general population.
Composting creates a reusable fertilizer that is can benefit plant growth and health. We have a company in Austin called the East Side Compost Peddlers. This company is a zero-emission company run solely on human-powered cargo bikes. For a monthly fee one will have their own pick-up peddler come to their door and retrieve your week’s compost. Once the organic matter has been turned into compost the members can actually have it delivered to help fertilize their own gardens.
To date the East Side Compost Peddlers have diverted a quarter of a million pounds of organic matter from the land fill and turned it into reusable compost. They’ve cut methane emissions by 40 tons, saved over 17,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and their peddlers have burned over 1.5 million calories.
All of that has happened with just one small company in Texas. Imagine if this was implemented nation wide. The benefits would be exponential.
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After thirty years of study, the Rodale Institute concludes that:
“organic methods are improving the quality of our food, improving the health of our soils and water, and improving our nation’s rural areas. Organic agriculture is creating more jobs, providing a livable income for farmers, and restoring America’s confidence in our farming community and food system.”
Read the whole study here
Created by Indoor Agriculture Conference team, foudn on Visua.ly
This infographic lists the reasons why farming’s future is indoors, and introduces some of the key players in the movement.