Farming for Biodiversity

A Growing Culture

Entry Overview

A Growing Culture (AGC) in partnership with a local farming community in Hanoi, Vietnam are transforming the negative aspects of hog farming and creating positive outcomes that benefit livestock, the community, and the environment.

The development of “Living Bio-Beds” inoculated with local organisms and lactobacillus creates healthy hog bedding that actively breaks down hog waste and eliminates runoff and pollution into waterways. As a result, communities are protected and farmers raise healthier pigs that require less antibiotics and fetch higher market prices. Furthermore, when the hog bedding is changed it provides a highly valuable organic soil amendment that further reduces the use costly and dangerous synthetic inputs and protects the environment in the process. The process of creating a living bio-bed is easily transferable and ready to be scaled up.


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