Farm Raised Fish Not Safe

Farm Raised Fish Not Safe

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Sustainability Explained Through Animation

Converting Plastic to Fuel

A Filipino inventor Jaime Navarro has discovered a way to convert used plastic to fuel. Plastic from landfills is collected and reduced to pellet form. This is then melted in a reactor machine which converts it to diesel, kerosene and gas.

Truly an amazing story. And to think that he merely stumbled into this discovery. In his own words, “tsamba lang.”

Here’s the link to the TV news feature.

http://anc.abs-cbnnews.com/videos/1019/filipino-inventor-converts-used-plastics-to-diesel-kerosene-and-gasoline/

Plastic Bags Will Outlast All of Us

Saw this posted on a friend’s Facebook wall.

Yes, plastic bags will still be around, clogging our drains and poisoning our ground water, way beyond all of us here on earth.

How Dirty the Pigs!

“How dirty the pigs!” many a guest at our farm in FC Eco Camp have asked.

Why don’t we give our pigs a bath? Why use earth as our pen flooring? Why do we allow the pigs to wallow in mud?

Ah, the answers are quite simple. It’s because that is what pigs are used to. That is their natural habitat. That is what they like.

Unlike humans, pigs do not sweat and therefore cannot keep themselves cool. The earth flooring serves as a natural sun block to keep the hot sun off their bodies. And when it is hot, pigs like to roll on mud or on the damp ground to keep themselves cool.

Therefore, piggeries that have concrete flooring are not only more expensive to build and require more resources like water and manpower to keep clean but also actually do harm to the pigs.

In FC Eco Camp we do not have concrete flooring in our pens. We use the natural ground. And we add a good thick layer of coco peat.

Coco peat is a by-product when long fiber is extracted from coconut husks. Coco peat is resistant to bacterial and fungal growth. Moreover, coco peat absorbs water up to eight times its weight.

Thus, coco peat treats and absorbs the urine and feces of the pigs. After a few weeks, the coco peat is replaced and the spent bedding is stored and later on used as a natural fertilizer for our gardens.

 

45th Day

Today we begin to harvest our first batch of 500 chicken. Today we reap the fruit of our sustainable agriculture venture.

The chicken were raised sustainably. We did not use antibiotics. And yet the mortality rate was low. Just five chicks in all, or 1%.

No growth hormones were used. The chicken may not be the biggest but at an average weight of about 1.5 kilos, the results are not so bad. This weight translates to about 1 kilo when cleaned and dressed.

The chicken were not crammed into small spaces. They were free to roam in a large fenced area. I expect their meat to have more taste then from all the walking.

The chicken will be used primarily for the meals of guests at both Forest Club Eco Resort and FC Eco Camp.

And soon we may be selling the healthy meat to others.

 

Celebrating New Life

We’ve been blessed the past two weeks with the gift of life.

Both our carabaos, Agua and Bendita, gave birth to male calves that we’ve named Kala and Baw.

The carabaos are FC Eco Camp’s work horses. They are sustainable means of transportation, especially for transferring heavy loads from one end of the Camp to the other. They are also used to take our guests around in carts.

Two of our native pigs also gave birth to a combined litter of eight.

Our native pigs are our waste management managers. Leftover food and kitchen scrap from bookings of  guests are fed to the pigs together with molasses and leafy vegetables. Their waste is collected with the cocopeat flooring of their pens and made into rich soil additives for our plants, herbs and vegetables.

And just last night, another five hundred day old chicks arrived.

We raise chicken for food. But we do so in a sustainable way. No antibiotics are used. Neither are growth hormones. And there is enough room for them to roam.

FC Eco Camp welcomes all our new members! Farming just got a lot more fun.