Bio-Waste & Agriculture


Are We Really Going To Close the Loop of Nutrients?

Oops we did it again! We started asking questions, and now we are on to this investigation that is (too?) complex but equally fascinating and important. When following the buzz about BioEconomy, Circular Economy and Sustainable Agriculture, we realised there are dangerous narratives out there, dangerous business models, and a lot of people that are still making decisions in the frame of the “old” economy. In this new series, we zoom into examples of intensive agriculture models in the Nordics and review opportunities and threats in building healthy soils, in particular in regards to carbon sequestration.

Oh! Something worth mentioning: A lot of organic material (bio-waste from municipalities) is going to become widely available on EU markets – following the mandate for municipalities to separate & compost/digest their bio-waste. How are we going to process and use those huge amounts of carbon-rich material? Who is going to pay for the infrastructure? How can we re-organise business models?

We hope you will enjoy the journey.

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Episode 1

Bio-Waste & Agriculture #1: Soil Health & The Carbon Quest

Produced by Camille Duran / Published by Gabriela Lemos Borba / Coordinated by Han Nguyen / Transcribed by Tuly Sarah Costa / Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space. Photo by United Soybean Board/CC BY

This first episode sets the stage for the series about Bio-Waste & Agriculture. We start by taking a look at intensive agriculture models and unsustainable practices that became common in Scandinavia, degrading our soils all across the region.

We interview Dan Noble (Californian Association of Compost Producers) on what makes soil healthy and get clues on what bio-materials can help us rebuild a sustainable farmland. This episode and the next one lay the foundation for a multi-stakeholder debate that will be produced later in the series.

MADE POSSIBLE BY: The Organic Stream

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From Our Archives

Increasing Soil Organic Carbon in the Öresund Region (Briefing)

Produced by Camille Duran / Published by Gabriela Lemos Borba / Coordinated by Han Nguyen / Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space. Photo by Eva Holm/CC BY

Last year we went to Australia and California to hear from Dr. Maarten Stapper and Marin Carbon Project Founder John Wick, who shared with us the latest findings from their research and field work with carbon farming and sustainable agriculture.

We reviewed the groundbreaking results from the Marine Carbon Project and discuss how compost can replace conventional fertilisers for multiple benefits in the region.

Made possible by the Circular Materials Conference.




Episode 2

Bio-Waste & Agriculture #2: The Wonderful World of EU Recycling Targets

Produced by Camille Duran / Published by Gabriela Lemos Borba / Coordinated by Han Nguyen / Transcribed by Tuly Sarah Costa / Music Credits: License by Ins. Green White Space Photo by lynampics/CC BY

We are on a bio-waste hunt. In search for carbon-nitrogen feedstocks, we review the Waste & Recycling part of the recent EU Circular Economy package with guidance from Ferran Rosa, Policy Officer at Zero Waste Europe (Brussels). We ask incineration facilities about their plans to extract bio-waste from the furnaces and vision 2030, and finally close the episode on the Anaerobic Digestion process and proper digestate management practices.

Dan Noble (ACP, California) comes back on the show to share a few magic comments that will help us start our next episode debate on the good foot.

Note: This episode features a short segment with Pashon Murray, founder of Detroit Dirt. The segment was produced by Ford Motor Company for a 2015 ad campaign. However, please note this featuring is a non-commercial.

Made possible by the Circular Materials Conference.

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