Jan. 21, 2017
Food waste makes up a large part of our daily waste, and ultimately ends up in a landfill. This food will break down and, if chemicals were used in growing it, they will leach into our drinking water. Even organic food waste will leave residual elements that can contaminate water supplies. Composting is a great way to mitigate the leakage of toxins into the earth.
As the food decomposes, it produces greenhouse gases which are bad for the atmosphere. However, when you consider the journey your food has taken to get to your table, wasting it can have a significant carbon footprint. In fact, if the carbon footprint of food waste were a country, it would rank 3rd, behind the US and China. Check out the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations report on food waste and climate change here.
Composting can be done with a variety of methods, including vermiculture. Vermiculture is composting by using worms, usually red wigglers. The worms will eat the food waste and produce castings which accumulate into a nutritious soil that is called “black gold” because of its impressive nutrient content. The worms break down the food much faster than a sitting hot pile of compost would, so it has virtually no smell.