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Managing Food Waste by Vermicomposting

Location: Campus Center 301

Over the past two decades, the use of earthworms to degrade organic wastes--referred to as vermicomposting--offered alternative and innovative methods of managing a variety of organic wastes such as animal manures, shredded cardboard and industrial wastes. One of the waste streams that are still currently underutilized and can generate potential value-added soil organic amendments are food wastes. Unlike animal manures or other industrial organic wastes, food wastes pose challenges for vermicomposting owing to their inconsistent composition, high moisture content and irregular sizes. These characteristics required careful considerations for vermicomposting in order to process food wastes successfully and
consequently produce high quality soil organic amendments for horticulture.

Several methods of vermicomposting that has proven to be effective in processing food wastes ranges from simple and low technology systems such as windrows to complex and high input systems such as automated continuous flow digesters. Working prototypes of these systems will be discussed with special consideration to processing food wastes.

Co-spoonsored by the United Nations Association-USA Hawaii Island Chapter and the UH Hilo International Student Services & Intercultural Education program. Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact: Rosemarie Muller rcmuller27@hotmail.com

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