Why Bokashi

WHY RECYCLE YOUR FOOD WASTE WITH BOKASHI COMPOST?

  • In excess of 10 million tonnes of food waste was disposed of in South Africa in 2014. (Dr Suzan Oelofse, CSIR)
  • 90% of food waste goes to landfill sites.
  • The food waste, when not treated, generates methane and leachate in landfills.
    • Leachates contaminate the ground water, and
    • methane is a greenhouse gas, 21 times more harmful than carbon dioxide contributing significantly to global warming.
    • Untreated food waste attracts vermin which spread disease.

IS IT OKAY TO THROW SO MUCH FOOD AWAY?

  • 12 – 14 million people are food insecure in SA.
  • If we recycle our kitchen waste we can produce healthy compost for organic vegetable gardening.
  • Using the Bokashi system highlights how much food we waste and forces us to analyse why there is so much waste.

WHAT IS BOKASHI?

  • Bokashi is a Japanese term that means “fermented organic matter.”
  • Bokashi is bran that has been infused with effective micro-organisms / pro-biotics. (Yeast, phototropic, and lactic acid bacteria)

EXCELLENT RESULTS WITH BOKASHI

  • Higher crop yields;
  • Improved soil structure, leading to better aeration and water holding capacity.
  • Improved nutrient availability, leading to lower chemical fertilizer requirements and higher organic fertilizer utilization of Bokashi food waste.
  • Lower disease pressure by developing a disease suppressive soil.
  • Lower requirements for pesticides.
  • Improved quality of plants.