India’s Innovators Are Taking On Farm Trash
It’s messy business. Faced with farm waste cleanup that costs $30 billion annually, a growing crop of Indian startups is promising sustainable waste-to-wealth solutions, OZY reports. From making paddy straws into bio-coal briquettes to developing eco-friendly cremation materials, they’re focusing on converting farm waste into bio-slurry and bio-gas. It’s part of a crucial attempt to reduce worsening air pollution, especially in New Delhi.
What are the biggest challenges? Besides the sheer scale of India’s agri-waste, there’s also the logistics of transporting bales of raw material across the expansive sub-continent.