Bacteria and worms filter water?!

Brown Swiss and Jersey dairy cows. (Photo taken in Oxapampa, Peru, by P. Froese.)

Two weeks ago, the Union-Bulletin of Walla Walla, Washington, reported a recent partnership between Organix Inc., a local organic waste management company, and BioFiltro, a Chilean firm. Organix will be the local distributor of the proprietary BIDA® organic wastewater filtration system sold by BioFiltro.

I became intrigued as I looked more closely at BioFiltro’s BIDA® filter, and thought I would share this (unaffiliated) short post about it. Continue reading…

Less nitrogen, more barley

Conservation agriculture aims to preserve natural resources—soil, water, air—while still making a living with a farm. Farmers love any technology that betters the long-term sustainability of their operation, especially if it also increases their efficiency and income. Now, a group of Mexican agricultural researchers have placed another flagstone in the pathway to efficiency and sustainability, this time using two little bacteria with big names. Continue reading…