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CSIR-CFTRI institutes zero-waste campus, develops alternatives to plastics for food-packaging
Wednesday, 12 June, 2024, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Bengaluru
CSIR-CFTRI now is a zero-waster campus. The Mysuru-based Institute has now developed alternatives to plastics for food-packaging and implemented solar energy in its campus.

On the occasion of the World Environment Day 2024, observed annually on June 5 with theme ‘Land restoration, Desertification and Drought resilience’ Dr Sridevi Annapurna Singh, director, CSIR-CFTRI along with UN Ravi Kumar, environmentalist and former director, Centre for Appropriate Rural Technologies (CART), NIE, Mysore planted saplings on the campus marking the occasion.

As the chief guest for the World Environment Day celebrations, environmentalist with Kumar advised the people to plant trees and take good care of them for the future generations.

Noting that food industry contributes a lot to plastic pollution and climate change that it is also deleterious effects of microplastics in the body and importance of food chain, carbon foot print and waste generation Dr Sridevi said climate change, biodiversity, pollution control and conversion of Health and productive land into desert and people should take care of restoring the past glory of land and conserving the planet.

She said the CSIR-CFTRI campus has a large tree cover which makes the campus cooler, with temperature lesser by around 2 to 3 degrees when compared to the temperature outside the campus because of vast greenery. The management commended all the Agri-Horticulture staff and people by keeping CFTRI Campus neat and green by continuous hard work they rendered towards this.

According to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, up to 40% of the planet’s land is degraded, directly affecting half of the world’s population. The number and duration of droughts has increased by 29 per cent since 2000 – without urgent action, droughts may affect over three-quarters of the world’s population by 2050.

Dr Sandeep N. Mudliar, chief scientist & head, Food Protectants and Infestation Control Department detailed about importance of Environment Day with respect to theme.

In the wake of carbon emission and water usage environmentalist Rao called for rain water harvesting and ground water recharge, sustainable sanitation (ecosan); Grey water treatment and reuse and decentralised sewage treatment and reuse. He also showed some works that he undertook in different villages in and around Mysore and also some organisations and touched the importance of Biochar in carbon sequestration.
 
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