Organic Food Wastes as Natural Fertilizers
Aim: This study is designed to check that whether or not the organic waste produced in our home can
be used as a natural fertilizer and if composting is a feasible way to do it.
Methodology: This study focused on the use of fruit peels (sweet lime and banana) generated at
home as a natural fertilizer and backyard composting method. Mint saplings and coriander seeds
were used to check the efficacy of fruit peels.
Result and Discussion: Several parameter like soil pH, nutrient levels, plant length and plant growth
were checked. The soil formulation containing a combination of fruit peels gave the best results. Soil
sample containing chemical fertilizer was used as a control.
Conclusion: The study indicated that not only fruit peels can be used as a fertilizer but it gives better
results as well as does not harm the environment as compared to chemical fertilizer.
Dr. Adrija Sarkar
Department of Sciences, J. D. Birla Institute, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, 700020, India.
Department of Food Science and Nutrition Management, J. D. Birla Institute, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, 700020, India.
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