Making Food Waste Useful: The Philippines
The Philippines' growing economy and population have led to a rise in trash, and it has become a serious social issue. Over half of this trash is food waste, and one woman hopes to use it to improve the lives of poor families. Lorilyn Daquioag uses microbes from the forest to break down food waste and produce a liquid solution that makes top-quality organic fertilizer. By distributing this for free to poor neighborhoods, she can track its efficacy on vegetables and flowers. The plan is to grow delicious, healthy vegetables for locals, and eventually produce a surplus to be sold at the market. Follow Lorilyn as she takes on the two-fold challenge of waste and poverty with a single solution.
Lorilyn's fertilizer is derived from food waste and treated with microbes sourced from the forest
Experiments are underway in a seaside community to see how the fertilizer will help crops grow in soil with high salinity
Lorilyn is also carrying out agricultural experiments in urban areas such as the rooftop of this Davao library
The firm has begun using the fertilizer to grow azolla, which is used as an economical feed for poultry and other livestock