Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientist Louis-Pierre Comeau is sifting his way through New Brunswick soil in search of answers to one of the biggest issues facing local farmers: the loss of soil organic matter and the decrease of soil health in farm fields.
Enviroot's goal is to reduce waste by using food remains, especially potato peelings, to make a safe material for use in the home.
The company received a national business prize of $20,000 from Enactus Canada, a student-led entrepreneurial organization, and the McCain Social Enterprise Project Partnership to get the project going this summer.
"We use the potato peels that we get from McCain Foods here in New Brunswick in our particle board as a kind of filler," said Justin Trueman, Enviroot CEO and fourth-year biology student.
The potato peels are plasticized by melting them a little bit, and a bond between the potato peels' particles is created.
This allows them to bind products together without need of formaldehyde, which is the glues of some household furnishings, walls and stairs made from composite wood materials. READ MORE
March 7, 2016, Charlottetown, PEI – A research team has discovered that Prince Edward Island is exporting more than just potatoes.
It turns out that 95 per cent of the nitrates that are emptying into the Northumberland Strait are coming from this province. And of these, 91 per cent are coming from the Island's agriculture industry. READ MORE
A study completed last year by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientist Li Sheng shows spring run-off is only part of the soil loss problem.. Photo courtesy of AAFC.
June 12, 2015, Fredericton, NB – Soil erosion is the leading cause of soil degradation in potato producing areas of New Brunswick. But even if this is the time of year when farmers discover erosion in their fields due to spring run-off, a study completed last year shows this is only part of the soil loss problem.
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