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Puerto Morelos farmers use tossed hotel food in bio-waste program

Leona Vicario, Q.R. — The town of Leona Vicario in the municipality of Puerto Morelos is part of a new organic bio-waste program for farmers. The Secretary of Economic Development and Regulatory Improvement of Puerto Morelos, is promoting the organic bio-waste program for composting and farm animal food.

The program is being promoted through the Directorate of Agricultural and Fisheries Promotion. The director of Agricultural and Fisheries Development, Manuel Góngora Sansores, says that the program is about taking advantage of organic waste, mainly food that accumulates in hotels, and using it for farming.

He said in this case, El Cid Resorts of Riviera Maya collects around five tons of food waste each week, which is then distributed among the farms of the delegation.

“We work in two aspects. One, supporting farmers to feed their animals healthy and clean, and to create compost, which is a nutrient for planting vegetables. At the same time, we are taking advantage to reduce the volume of waste that goes to the sanitary landfill,” he explained.

Góngora Sansores says last week, officials involved in the program carried out their first verification tours of two of the seven farms and one winery who participate. He says the tours were done by El Cid collaborators, Fabiola Sánchez González, in charge of Environmental Communication and Sustainability, and Biologist Hugo Rojas, Coordinator of Environmental Management and Sustainability.

“It is about achieving sustainability in the management of this organic waste and completing a production cycle that goes from planting vegetables, as well as raising animals for human consumption, until returning the same waste to where it was produced,” he said.

A total of seven farms in Leona Vicario are participating in the program since the purchase of food for their farm animals is a large expense. Not only does the program help the environment, it is also helping local farmers. “This way, organic matter is used without having to make any payment and the sustainability cycle is fulfilled.”