We all know that the biggest secret to a healthy garden and the enhancement of our natural landscapes is due to composting. Since compost is generated by the natural break-down of organic matter, why then would sending all our food waste to landfill be considered such a bad thing? We, at Bokashi Bran®, are here to tell you more!
Don’t our food scraps simply become compost no matter where they are thrown out?
The simple answer is NO. Food scraps that end up at landfill generate large amounts of methane gas, a greenhouse gas with more than 84 times the global warming capacity of carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. The decomposing food waste at landfill is also a potential source of toxic leachates which contaminate our groundwater. Water contamination by landfill leachates can cause health conditions such as allergies, stomach disorders, blood disorders, renal failure, seizures, birth defects and even cancer.
So, if you’re truly worried about both human health and the effects of global warming on our planet, it should definitely concern you to discover that it is estimated that only 10% of all our food waste is diverted from landfill for composting. The good news is that there is an easy way that you can start contributing to making a difference and encouraging friends and family to do the same. We have some great ideas over on our blog!
Responsible Food Waste Disposal
Disposing of food scraps in a home compost pile instead creates a happy train station of living organisms such as earthworms, bugs, fungi and bacteria who all munch away at the decomposing material. Moisture and air which flow through the compost pile create an aerobic environment which generates heat with the microbes to eliminate pathogens. The resulting compost then becomes natural soil amendments to enhance seed germination and feed young plants, as well as being an ever inviting place for organisms and worms to continue the process.
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