Microplastic pollution: Expert advises on use of organic cassava, maize for biodegradable plastic

An expert and Chief Scientist/CEO, Aratibiotech Limited, Dr. Ayodele A. Otaiku, has stated that the use of organic cassava to produce biodegradable plastic is possible as part of an effort to solve the danger microplastic pollution causes to human health.

Dr. Ayodele, in a chat with Blueprint said the solution to this is production of plastic from organic maize and non-GMO starch called bioplastic.

He said eco-innovation will drive the quality of health care in 21 century powered by regenerative agriculture.

“The world’s environmental and agriculture sciences and techniques must change to Regenerative Agriculture and Environment science and tech to fix Butterfly effects of the very poor 21st century construct of plastic production sustainability for the next generation. This has been the domain expertise of Aratibiotech for decade called PC3R Technology, xenobiotic biodegradation and ecosystems restoration with Zero Pollution Footprint,” he said.

He said organic cassava, maize and sugarcane are best for the production of biodegradable plastic because of biopolymer strength but not GMO cultivars.

According to him, GMO cassava does not last for four days with fufu, starch strength drops.

He said, “Do your small experiment at home or ask fufu producers now that animals do not digest GMO crops and grains, globally feed formulators add enzymes like methionine etc.

“Local cassava cultivar best for animal feed mills, added to oil seed all organic + Africa medicinal plant, no need for vaccine. Ask, why free ranches chicken do not take vacillations?

On polythene disposition, he said, “The traditional methods of disposing polythene/nylon wastes have proved to be relatively expensive and unhealthy within Africa countries.

“Machine design, fabrication and development of Nylon Extruder machine with motorized polythene/pure water nylon recycling machine. Recycling of these non-biodegradable wastes will be more economical,

healthy and safer for the environment.

“The injection molding equipment will be able to create various shapes of plastic from pellets and powders for the circular economy within Africa.”