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Estudios sociales (Hermosillo, Son.)

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GONZALEZ FLORES, Eduardo; SANDOVAL CASTRO, Engelberto  and  PEREZ MAGANA, Andrés. Biosolids in maize production: Socioeconomic impact on rural areas of the municipality of Puebla. Estud. soc [online]. 2014, vol.22, n.43, pp.61-86. ISSN 0188-4557.

Waste generation, manifest the complex relationship between society and nature. Bio-solids are a byproduct of urban waste water treatment and final disposal is an environmental problema. One option is to use as organic amendment in agricultural soils. In the municipality of Puebla, Mexico generated 200 t d-1 of biosolids used in rural agricultural soils in rural areas. The effects caused to the soil and the environment have been studied. The effects socioeconomics produced to farmers and their families, is an unexplored area. A survey was conducted among farmers in the town of La Paz Tlaxcolpan, Puebla, applying bio-solids on their land. The aim of this study was to evaluate the magnitude of the economic and social benefits they receive from using biosolids. There is an increase in yields ranging from 25% to 400%. The economic and social benefits are minimal.

Keywords : social metabolism; urban waste; biosolids; agricultural amendments; social impact.

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