Food Waste to be Used Grow Crops in Farms of Northern Victoria

Published Date: Dec 2015

Injecting a waste food into soil to grow crops is a novel idea for disposal of food waste. The idea has been implemented in farm in Northern Victoria, Australia. Peter Schwarz, a farmer will grow Canola on next year on the dry property with the advantage of extra moisture and nutrients from the food waste. Transpacific, a leading waste management service provider company, demonstrated how this project would work using the nine-tyne plough which pumps waste 30 cm into the ground.

Tony Roderick, transport division managing director of Transpacific said that it’s the food bowl of Victoria, 25 per cent of the state’s food comes from this region. There are some big manufacturers in the region. It’s keeping the waste stream in the region, and removing the risks of heavy haulage out of the region. They are also hoping most of the supply will come from the region.

Transpacific has been disposing food waste in NSW from 20 years using the same methods they employed in Northern Victoria. The company has not disclosed the terms of agreement with farmers, but admitted that food manufacturers have to pay for the disposal of waste. The innovative methods to dispose food waste leads to growth of food waste disposer industry.

He added that big manufacturers are looking for alternatives for disposal where shelf life has been exceeded. Soil injection sounds easy, but there is a science to it and we have a range of environmental scientists and agronomists working on it. You can’t saturate the land. There is a set formula, with a testing regime.

Many reports have been published which analyze current and future market status of food waste disposer industry. Recently, Prof Research Reports has added a report titled “Global and Chinese Food Waste Disposer Industry, 2015 Market Research Report.” The report offers an in-depth analysis on growth opportunities, economic impact, investment feasibility along with information of key market players of industry.

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