John, John and Lenard make bokashi balls at their local Unbound office.
Boxes of completed bokashi balls.
Sponsored elders are ready to toss the bokashi balls into Laguna Lake.
Tomorrow, Aprill 22, is Earth Day, and Unbound sponsored friends
and their families in the Philippines are celebrating with bokashi balls.
No, it isn’t a new healthy cereal to help cleanse your system. But it will help cleanse rivers and other freshwater resources.
“Bokashi” is a Japanese term that means “fermented organic matter” and refers to a system developed in Japan that uses beneficial micro-organisms to break down toxins and food waste. Bokashi balls can improve the life of the river and help restore it to its proper ecological balance.
Unbound’s Antipolo project in the Philippines has been making bokashi balls since 2009 and started to see positive environmental effects in area rivers where the mudballs have been utilized..
Click here to read more about bokashi balls.
CFCA has joined Blog Action Day, which asks bloggers to post about the same issue on the same day every Oct. 15. This year, the subject is about water.
Urban farming in Antipolo, Philippines.
According to the Blog Action Day website, access to clean water eludes nearly 1 billion people around the world, and waterborne diseases kill 42,000 people every week.
Our Antipolo, Philippines, project is helping to clean the Angolo River by dropping bokashi balls into it.
Bokashi balls are a mixture of clay, ceramic powder, brown sugar or molasses and rock salt. The balls ferment for a few weeks until infused with beneficial micro-organisms that help break down toxins and food waste.
Finally, they are dropped into the river to dissolve over six months, with the micro-organisms feeding off the balls and water toxins ó the best form of “litter” we could find on the planet!