From response to recovery

As the Tropical North transitions away from response and on to the recovery phase, the enormity of the impact is becoming more apparent. Thankfully no loss of human life, but significant loss to farm land, homes, live stock, pets and then of course the infastructure. With any significant flooding event, there’s the clean up and now as thousands of homes are throwing away furniture and debris, our landfill sites are over whelmed. Farms were heading towards a bountiful harvest are now looking at lost crops, eroded soil, broken fences and deceased animals.

Using cutting edge bio-technology pioneered by VRM Biologik, we can work with farmers, councils and community to turn millions of tonnes of waste into valuable resources. Find out how today.


The loss of crops, animals and other potentially contaminated organic materials can be quickly and efficiently converted into a top-soil builder called HumiSoil®. The Groundswell® method, pioneered by bio-tech powerhouse VRM Biologik, has efficiently and effectively been used to manage flood and storm ravaged land all around the world. It is a continuous fermentation process that activates bacterial photosynthesis in the material, creating the formation of humus, nutrient cycling and carbon storage.

By utilising this process on farm, provides the farmer to return the soil to it’s best possible state as quickly as possible. The on-going benefits to the farmer after applying humisoil to the land include a significant reduction in fertilisers, irrigation needs and pesticide / herbicide use.

Find out about QRIDA financial support here.

This system is simple, effective and applicable to any farm in any location.

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VRM Founder Ken Bellamy explains how the groundswell process works.

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Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants are available to assist directly impacted primary producers, small businesses and non profit organisations with the costs of clean-up and reinstatement.

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Storms and floods wreak havoc on our landscape and once the waters recede, the race is on to keep the community healthy and safe. From landfill sites being over loaded, to black mould in homes to contaminated water and fish kills – the clean up for councils is overwhelming and of significant cost.

Post Cyclone Yasi, VRM bio-tech was used to convert 1.4 million tonnes of waste into a form of top soil that then went in to rebuilding the Townsville City landscape. In 2019, the bio-tech company partnered with the Townsville City Council to treat 100,000 tilapia in a huge fish kill that resulted in positive environmental outcomes.

With access to this global bio-technology, Green Food Australia can assist council across all areas to:

  • manage odour, leachate and fire risk in landfill sites and transfer stations through application of the Bio-Range.
  • convert millions of tonnes of organic waste through the Groundswell® process (can be mixed organics including deceased animals, food waste etc) into a form of soil that can be gifted or sold back to residents to re-build landscapes
  • manage water ways, contaminated / stagnant waters
  • provide non-chemical cleaning solutions for homes in a prevention against black mould – could be a Council donation to each home
  • prevent hard rubbish items such as mattresses, concrete, furniture from going into landfill through circular economy initiatives and collaborations.


Building stronger, more resilient communities is done through education and communication. Presenting the community with the best possible tools to recover, clean and rebuild post-disaster.

Cleaning & Health:

By introducing Micro-Clean as a preferred cleaning agent, allows for the surface to be cleaned and while using the power of microbes to restore balance and eliminate the formation of black mould. This can be applied to any surface and for best results, continuous application. Cleaning with chemicals simply kills all the bugs, good and bad and allows for the re-emergent of nasty bugs – not to mention the impact on human health through ingestion.

Circular Economy:

For hard rubbish, VRM’s bio-fort range can be applied to eliminate odour and pathogens until the rubbish can be suitably cleaned with Micro-Ultra for up-cycling purposes. This then allows sporting groups and clubs in the region to up-cycle, providing a potential income stream and preventing the items from going into landfill. An example may be the local mens’ shed’s fixing and up-cycling hardwood furniture and being able to supply to women’s shelters, or sell in market place for club fundraising.

In collaboration with Townsvilles Atlas Soils, hard rubbish items such as mattresses and concrete can be shredded and crushed, providing the resources to create living bags to be used as a replacement to plastic made sandbags.

Creating HumiSoil® and Living Mulch for the community provides residents, developers and landscapers to rebuild post-disaster using soil made from waste. This soil then reduces irrigation requirements, stores carbon and provides the region with a carbon sink for further emissions.

Much can be learned through collaboration and communication, for us at Green Food Australia we know we can help make a difference.

Healthy soils = Healthy people