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.