INDIA HAS LONG had a tradition of throwing waste food onto the roadsides for animals to eat. In small rural villages this was often a sensible thing to do, but in today’s towns and cities it is causing a real problem. Scavenging dogs, rats and crows, and the foul smells generated by rotting food are proving a serious health hazard. Because the climate in India is so warm, the health problems are exacerbated.

But the warm climate, which makes the food rot more quickly, also provides an opportunity for a more environmentally sound solution to the problem of food waste. BIOTECH India, an NGO based ...


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