ONE Million Kilos of Food Waste Transformed into Fertile Soil

ONE Million Kilos of Food Waste Transformed into Fertile Soil by an Australian-Mexican collaboration

  • Every year over 1.3 billion tonnes of food go to landfill around the world
  • This would be enough to feed over 3 billion people (half the world) or fertilise millions of hectares of land to feed even more people
  • Instead 800 million people are hungry and half of the topsoil has been eroded around the world
  • Finally, if food waste was a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter after the US and China
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An Australian-Mexican apparel brand wants to transform ONE Million kilograms of food waste into fertile soil.

ZEA Hungry Goods plans to use the power of business to achieve this by using the sales of their organic fair trade products to fund food waste solutions in schools, community gardens, small businesses and low-income households.   Each item sold promises to transform 10 kilograms of food waste into fertile soil, which will be used in urban agriculture projects around the world to grow food right in the middle of the cities.

ZEA Hungry Goods Director, Rodrigo Castellanos, says, “Food waste, soil erosion, food security and climate change are deeply interconnected problems with a common solution – the restoration of our soils.   Food waste, properly treated, adds organic matter to the soil.  This has enormous benefits for food production and also in the fight against climate change by eliminating the methane that decomposed food produces in landfills while at the same time restoring the capacity of the soil to capture and store carbon”.

“Around the world, 1.3 billion tonnes of food waste go to landfill every year”, Castellanos said.   “This amount of food could feed over 3 billion people or restore millions of hectares of soil to grow even more food.  This is a crazy situation.  Food is supposed to feed bellies not landfills.”

ZEA is working with urban agricultures projects around the world, starting in Mexico City and Melbourne that transform food waste and restore the fertility of the soil while empowering communities to grow healthy food locally.

ZEA has funded composting systems such as continuous flow worm farms for cafes, aerobic composting areas for community urban gardens and individual worm farms for low-income households.

An example of ZEA’s work is its collaboration with one of the leading urban agriculture project in Mexico City:  Huerto Tlatelolco. 

Cultiva Ciudad’s Huerto Tlatelolco Urban Garden was created on the site of a public housing tower damaged during the 1985 earthquake and abandoned until recently (1,650 m2).

The garden includes an edible forest with 45 tree varieties, a seed bank, and a large section of bio-intensive gardening.  The main objective of the project is to involve the local community in urban agriculture related activities.   Members of Huerto Tlatelolco build a sense of community ownership and engagement through workshops, school visits, volunteer programs and events.

ZEA is working with Cultiva Ciudad and Huerto Tlatelolco to improve its on-site waste management systems (aerobic composter and community worm farm) as well as funding worm farms for the local community and garden volunteers in one of the biggest cities in the world with an urgent need for green-productive spaces and community participation.

ZEA PROJECT IMPACT:  1,500 kilograms of food waste transformed into fertile soil every year.

ZEA has launched a CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN to kick start its goal of transforming ONE million kilos of food waste into fertile soil.  The rewards of the campaign offer people access to ZEA’s high quality and responsibly manufactured products including organic t-shirts, hoodies, coffee and eco-chopping boards.

If you love food and want to support a brand that works for the transformation of food waste into fertile soil visit our crowdfunding website:

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