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Our School's Vermicomposting facility
Our School's Vermicomposting Facility inside the campus of Ateneo de Manila University

Vermicomposting as an example of soil "cultivation" to enhance the biodiversity of an ecological niche

The environment and humans are also intertwined in the arena of culture, such as agriculture, where deliberate interventions in the processes of nature can increase productivity.

In vermicomposting facilities, like the one we have at our University, decomposers such as worms and other insects are deliberately kept along with decomposing organic materials in order to use the worm casts as fertilizers.

Vermicasts enrich the quality of the soil, which in turn enhances the growth of plants that develop leaves, twigs, and bark that will eventually be decomposed as well. It creates feedback loops that increase the capacity of the soil to support the vegetation around it.

Improving the quality of the soil is an important concern, especially within the context of the problem of desertification in the Arab and African regions.

For your comments:

Vermicomposting offers an affordable alternative to chemical fertilizers for farmers in the Global South. Is it also popular in your part of the world? What accounts for its popularity?

Are there other agri-cultural practices in your community, such as herbal and flower propagation, that enhance biodiversity?

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