Rice husks also play a part in a good news story from India – one that is helping to redefine the concept of waste. It was in fact Buckminster Fuller, the visionary American inventor, who first realised that “Pollution is nothing but resources we are not harvesting” – and innovative businesses the world over are cottoning on to this fact and rethinking ‘waste’.

Take as an example Husk Power Systems (HPS), which is using a by-product of the agricultural industry – rice husks – to produce electricity using ‘biomass gasification technology’, providing over 50,000 Indians with sustainable, affordable ...


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