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4 Ideas That Countries Can Implement To Re-engineer Their Waste

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Trash is everywhere, in our oceans, in our landfills, and sometimes on our roadsides. Trash is devastating for the environment. It is proven that plastics negatively impact marine life. Additionally, food waste also adds Methane to the atmosphere, and landfills cause toxic chemicals to leak into the ground, poisoning groundwater. Re-engineering means to take a product and modify it for another purpose that is useful to us humans. Trash is not useless as it can be re-engineered for a purpose, rather than ending up in our landfills and oceans. So here are 5 ideas that countries can implement to re-purpose their waste. 
New Roads: A lot of the stuff people throw out are plastics. Plastic is derived from crude oil. Roads are paved with very similar stuff that is called bitumen, which is a petroleum-based binding agent in asphalt. The waste plastic is turned into pellets that are melted and converted into bitumen. Afterward, it is mixed with the asphalt, and voila, you got a road that saves…

Ugh.... Why are you wasting food

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Food waste is a major problem in our society. Before we start, take a moment to think of all the times you threw something in the garbage just because you were full or didn’t like it. I know I’m guilty of it. The average human wastes a lot of food. Whatever the reason maybe it’s time to change for the better. For some reason, I feel like we can feed everyone in the world just with the food we’ve all wasted. But it’s not just us, major corporations and businesses waste way more food than the average human. What do you think happens to the food that doesn't get ordered at a restaurant? You may think it gets reused but In reality, it doesn’t and ends up in the garbage. Also the scraps from meal preparation are also an issue. 
What’s the solution, composting! Composting is a basic gardening technique where food scraps are added to soil with plenty of worms. The worms digest these scraps and give us nutrients rich soil that can be used for farming and gardening. This stuff is way better…

Soy Milk From A Cow?

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So this is an idea that is very close to my heart because of Rotary. Rotary is an international service organization that has been making meaningful changes for several decades now. Everything from building schools to eradicating polio. (A link to them is here). So the reason why this organization is close to me is that I’ve been a part of my local rotary chapter at different levels for the past 8 years and after giving so many great experiences for me to remember, they deserve a shout out. The mechanical cow is an idea that Rotary helped create and I wanted to share it with you all today.  
So what is it, It's a machine that takes soybeans and water to produce soy milk. How does it work? Well, it takes soaked soybeans and puts them in a pressure cooker, and when steam is inserted into the system it pours out protein-rich soy milk and okara. This okara is the insoluble stuff but it can be used for bread among other things. Now, this system can be either run by electricity or by gas…

Farm up?

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Agriculture is a staple for every nation In the world. The increase of conventional agriculture has caused forests and ecosystems to pay the price. To make way for these farms, corporations set fire to forests causing irreparable damage, and this is deeply saddening. Vertical farming is an idea that has been around for a while but has been kept hidden for most of its existence. Vertical farming is just what it sounds like. Farming with height instead of with a surface area like conventional farms.
Many designs of this type of farm have been presented over the years but some also come with their unique challenges(link to a few of them here). Some of these designs are so advanced that they contain automated water distribution controls, led lights in certain EMR frequencies, and internal climate control systems. Sounds like something out of a science fiction movie right? 
The cool thing is these systems can provide any product and any time in the year. What’s cool is certain Michelin starr…