SHILLONG: Amid the entire clamor over waste management, the Bokashi method seems to be the ideal solution for self-help groups in tackling the issue.

To create awareness among people about waste management, the People's Learning Centre (PLC) on Tuesday organised the citizens' meet on Shillong's Environment at Raitong building.

It is learnt the Bokashi method is a simple process of segregatin

With the view to promote organic farming practices to reduce the burden on Chemical Fertilizers, to ensure effective utilization of farm resources and to cater domestic and international growing Organic Food Market, a National Project on Organic Farming was launched during 10th Plan with an outlay of Rs.115.00 crores.

The Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has directed its International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) branch to take action in the area of waste management. There are substantial co-benefits of waste management in the context of climate change.

KOCHI: The CREDAI Clean City Movement, in association with local bodies and residents associations, inaugurated a project for achieving self-sufficiency in disposing of organic waste at the General Hospital here on Wednesday.

Corporation health committee chairman N A Mani inaugurated the programme.

The chemical and synthetic fertilizers, particularly Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium (NPK), are highly subsidized. The amount of subsidy on this has grown exponentially during the last three decades from a mere Rs. 60 crore during 1976-77 to an astronomical Rs. 40,338 crore during 2007-08. In 2008-09, it shot up to Rs 96,606 crores.

Due to increasing environmental concerns in the wastewater treatment sector, the environmental impacts of organic waste disposal procedures require careful evaluation. However, the impacts related to the return of organic matter to agricultural soils are difficult to assess.

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Agriculture in what is now Mexico City can be traced back to the great city of Tenochtitl

Rapid urbanisation in developing countries intensifies the challenges of making sufficient food available for the increasing urban population, and managing the related waste flow. Unlike in rural communities, there is usually little or no return of food biomass and related nutrients into the food production process. Most waste ends up on landfills or pollutes the urban environment.

The disposal of waste presents an increasing challenge to the administrative bodies of megacities. The Municipal Corporation of the Indian city Pune has introduced source separation systems and onsite organic waste composting. The citizens concerned are looking for practical ways to treat their organic wastes and they have found city farming to be a viable solution.