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    A company Iím invested in has recently received several orders totalling over $1.2m to implement the use of biodegradable plastic mulch in Africa. Problem is that I donít even know what that is, itís advantages or even if itís safe. Read somewhere that it can reduce water usage in countries with fewer water resources, helping with farming. True? how does it work? Does the plastic make its way into the food chain?


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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    A company I’m invested in has recently received several orders totalling over $1.2m to implement the use of biodegradable plastic mulch in Africa. Problem is that I don’t even know what that is, it’s advantages or even if it’s safe. Read somewhere that it can reduce water usage in countries with fewer water resources, helping with farming. True? how does it work? Does the plastic make its way into the food chain?
    What is the name of the specific product?

    It is quite a complicated subject ,as you can see from the link

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodegradable_plastic

    eg"Though the terms “compostable”, “bioplastics”, and “oxo-degradative plastics” are often used in place of “biodegradable plastics”, these terms are not synonymous. The waste management infrastructure currently recycles regular plastic waste, incinerates it, or places it in a landfill. Mixing biodegradable plastics into the regular waste infrastructure poses some dangers to the environment.[30] Thus, it is crucial to identify how to correctly decompose alternative plastic materials."

    I have a similar problem with horticultural fleece (reemay in the USA) that I use in the garden.I t has to be disposed of even when it breaks down into small bits under the action of the Sun (unless it is UV treated which prolongs its life)


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    Couldn’t find a brand name so maybe it’s another company’s product. I noticed when I looked at news release a little closer that the prefix (bio-) is missing. My definition of mulch is closer to the stuff that flies out of a wood chipper. Nothing like that. First time I heard of this company using plastic sheets but from I understand they’re trying to make their mark on the aqua/agri culture scene. Company is called Waterways Technologies, an Israeli firm. It’s a penny stock right now you can grab cheap....I invested very little for a lot of shares...figuring growing food is a priority. Some irony here when the use of plastic aids farmers on large scales when the world is bent on finding alternatives to plastic use.

    Some of news release:

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    Water Ways receives $1.2M in orders for plastic mulch2020-10-13 10:36 ET - News Release
    Mr. Ohad Haber reports
    WATER WAYS RECEIVES CDN$1.2M ORDERS TO DELIVER SOIL MOISTURE CONSERVATION SUPPLIES TO CLIENTS IN CANADA AND NORTH AFRICA
    Water Ways Technologies Inc. has received several orders to deliver degradable plastic mulch to customers in Canada and North Africa. The mulch will be used to increase soil moisture conservation, thereby reducing water usage and related costs.
    Just so you know ...I’m not a front man for this company. I’m sure there’s a lot of negative sentiment regarding the use of plastic for crop growing.
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    Is this any help?

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...0al.%2C%202018).

    It is USA based from 2109 and says ,at the end of the abstract
    "Overall, biodegradable plastic mulches may be a viable alternative to polyethylene. However, evaluation under long-term studies is needed to better establish their effects on soil"

    My uninformed concern would be especially for marine life but I would have thought if plastics had a justifiable use (if regulated) it should be in the horticultural industry (though not perhaps in private gardens)
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    Quote Originally Posted by geordief View Post
    Is this any help?

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...0al.%2C%202018).

    It is USA based from 2109 and says ,at the end of the abstract
    "Overall, biodegradable plastic mulches may be a viable alternative to polyethylene. However, evaluation under long-term studies is needed to better establish their effects on soil"

    My uninformed concern would be especially for marine life but I would have thought if plastics had a justifiable use (if regulated) it should be in the horticultural industry (though not perhaps in private gardens)
    I don’t think bio-degradable plastic is as harmful to environment as the regular stuff. Don’t know when this was written but it appears to be before the degradable came on board. Interesting that this guy, despite knowing the harmful effects, used it more in a selfish way to create better backyard garden crop. I wonder if Greta Thunberg or her relatives use it.

    Depends what they mean by degradable. I mean everything crumbles over time. Bio at least sounds less menacing. I’ve heard about photo-degradable but not sure it’s better than bio.

    https://www.finegardening.com/articl...-plastic-mulch
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    Four year old article is food for thought.

    Hopefully things have gotten better

    What bothers me about this article is not that either choice is bad, it's how easily opinions are forged, pro or con.
    Last edited by zinjanthropos; October 20th, 2020 at 01:27 PM.
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