Eco-Friendly Benefit #2: Reduction in Waste
It is estimated that more than 10 million tonnes of food is wasted in South Africa each year; at farms, during transport, processing, preparation and consumer waste. This is terrible news, not only for the millions of South Africans who are consuming well below their caloric needs each day but also for the environment. The energy and resources including labour and water is astounding when you consider what it takes to produce. An avo, for instance, needs 40 litres of water to grow. The majority of food goes into landfills creating the 3rd largest contributing factor to global warming. In the meantime, producers continue to produce more food, much of which continues to be wasted. All of this takes its toll on the environment. Using this waste to create bokashi compost helps to mitigate the damage by recycling food that would otherwise be disposed of unproductively. Those nutrients can be returned to the soil and the emission of harmful gases can be reduced.
By separating food waste at source and composting it, general waste is reduced by a massive 40%. When food waste is taken out of the general waste, other recyclable waste is easily recycled; paper, plastic, tin, glass. Recyclable waste is uncontaminated. Dustbins are also left without food waste rotting, which means no odours, rats or flies. It’s a win win situation all round.
Eco-Friendly Benefit #3: Reduced Use of Chemical Fertiliser
Another less direct environmental benefit of bokashi compost is that it reduces the need for chemical fertilisers and insecticides, which can have harmful effects on soils and food crops. Because bokashi adds beneficial microbes and nutrients to the compost, it makes the addition of fertilisers unnecessary. The pH of bokashi also makes it unpleasant for pests, leaving plants to thrive chemical-free. This results in healthier soils and more natural plant growth.
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