Food waste fertilizer could benefit crops, says UC Davis

While most food waste usually winds up in a landfill, Professor Edwin Lewis, who studies soil ecology in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at UC Davis, has found a more productive use for it. Lewis is using an aerobic digestion process to break down the matter acquired from grocery stores into a liquid fertilizer. He believes the fertilizer fuels additional root growth and allows plants to better absorb nutrients. Last year, he and his team ran field trials on different crops. “We did about 40 trials,” he said. “In most of them there was some improvement.” 

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