Closing the food loop

Up until 2014, Kern Agarwal and Ranjani Prabakaran held steady jobs at Standard Chartered Bank. “But one fine day, we decided to quit and plunge full time into organic farming. We’d set up The Urban Farmers, a start-up incubated at Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA). One thing led to another and today we have Carbon Loops, an initiative that works with large institutions to segregate waste, create compost and then send it back to organic farmers, in a bid to close the loop in the food industry,” says Agarwal, whose first project at Loyola College is set to be inaugurated on October 2.

The decision to quit steady jobs for the couple did not come easy. They faced their share of challenges, but things are more settled now, they say. “The point is, we enjoy what we do. We want to make a difference and envision clean cities and fertile fields. We’d like to see how much organic waste we can divert from landfills and encourage as many farmers as possible to take up organic farming,” he says....Read more


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