“Essentially, all life depends upon the soil… There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together.”
- Dr. Charles E Kellogg, Soil Scientist and Chief of the USDA’s Bureau for Chemistry and Soils
Our mission is to change the way we see things, to change the way we do things. At Green Food, we convert food waste from restaurants / cafes / pubs, process it into an organic liquid known as XLR8® Bio, which significantly enhances the biology of soil. XLR8® Bio is a probiotic formulation combining the key technologies pioneered by VRM Biologik® for soil enhancement and nutrient management. With continued use, the ongoing stimulation of biological reactions in soil contributes to building of humus and mycorrhizal activity in the critical root zone.
HumiSoil®is produced when we take the food pulp by-product from the Bio-Regen® process in making XLR8® Bio and combine this with other organic material in the VRM Groundswell® process. Essentially a fully matured top-soil enhancer made from totally organic inputs which contains high levels of humic materials together with a range of beneficial microbial activity.
Both XLR8® Bio and HumiSoil® are created from food and green waste that historically been destined for landfill. We want to change that ... Why? Once in landfill, food waste breaks down and emits greenhouse gases, including not only carbon dioxide (CO2) but methane (CH4) – a gas 25 times more potent than CO2. This, is a problem ...
food waste: a global problem
One third of all food produced is lost or wasted –around 1.3 billion tonnes of food –costing the global economy close to $940 billion each year. ... Almost half of all fruit and vegetables produced are wasted (that's 3.7 trillion apples). 8% of greenhouse gases heating the planet are caused by food waste.
more sad facts about food waste ...
- If food waste was a country, it would be the third largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions – contributing 8% globally each year
- One third of the world's food is wasted
- 25% of the water used in agriculture is used to grow food – throwing away one burger is the equivalent to taking a 90 minute shower
- Food & garden waste makes up 61% of waste that ends up in the kerbside collection
- Food waste costs the Australian economy $20 billion each year
- Each year we waste approximately 7.3 million tonnes of food each year, approx. 300kg per person, or 1 in 5 bags of groceries
- Food waste accounts for more than 5% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions
where to next?
It's vital that we replace what we take from the earth, so the team at Green Food Australia are committed to taking food waste and other organic green waste, creating soil enhancing bio-accelerants and encouraging growers to put it on their soils. Putting the carbon back in the soil where it belongs