What’s the buzz about Bokashi Composting?

What is the problem with food waste?

Food waste, organic waste, food scraps, green waste, compostables…. whatever you call it, the public, the food industry and the government have all become much more aware of the problem of throwing away food over recent years.

Approximately a third of our waste is compostable. Rotting food in our landfills is the second largest source of methane emissions produced by people. Unsurprisingly, pressure is mounting for effective solutions to remove these organics from the landfill. Locally this has come in the guise of the 2015 Food Scraps Ban across Metro Vancouver and CVRD. Many countries and regions have similar programs in place, providing organic and food scraps collection or drop-off points for residents. The focus of these programs is to separate green waste which can be collected and taken to a large industrial scale composting facility for processing.

But are we missing the point? What if you don’t have a regular garbage (and organic) collection? What if you don’t want to see more pick-up vehicles on our roads? What if you want to hold on to the value in your food scraps? Shouldn’t we be encouraging everyone to compost at home and enhance their own soils to promote home grown food?

How can Bokashi Composting help solve our organic waste problems?

Composting at home has many benefits; it prevents the need for extra pick-up vehicles, it helps people produce compost where it is needed (at home) and it encourages people to grow their own food. Many people have concerns that home composting is hard work, smelly and will attract endless pests to their garden. But bokashi composting is different.

Bokashi composting uses bokashi bran (also called bokashi compost accelerator) to pickle (or ferment) food scraps. This fermentation changes the chemical and biological structure of the food scraps. Fermented food waste (pre-compost) breaks down (or composts) within just 2 weeks of being buried directly in the garden or compost pile. The entire bokashi composting process will transform your food waste into nutrient rich compost in just 4-6 weeks.

Composting with bokashi, compared to traditional composting, is faster, easier, and more enjoyable. It doesn’t smell, it works with ALL food waste (meat, dairy, cooked foods included), and pests aren’t attracted to it when it’s used properly. Bokashi composting is an economical solution for composting at home and tackling the current organic waste problem.

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