Value of Compost




Full Sun Composting uses a mixture of wood chips, food waste and coffee grounds to produce high quality compost. The science of composting and benefits of applying compost is still emerging. New ways that compost repairs, restores and protects soil continue being discovered! There are many reasons composting is good for the environment, for people and the economy.

Good for the environment – A finite amount of natural resources and nutrients on earth means composting is necessary to divert food waste to a higher purpose. Consider that every time food is wasted, those nutrients are lost along with the water, fossil fuels and resources used in production. (1) Returning those nutrients to the soil in the form of compost completes the food cycle. Compost adds back organics, living material, that helps gardeners and growers “strive for 5”. This recommendation of at least 5% organic material in soil cannot be supported through application of single nutrient or traditional fertilizers. Compost, then, is considered soil amendment because it increases organic matter, improves soil water holding capacity and increases disease resistance of plants.

Good for people – With projections of world population showing increasing needs for food, taking care to restore and repair soil ensures continued agricultural production.

Good for the economy – By some estimates, the composting industry creates jobs at a rate four times more per ton of waste than traditional waste disposal. Composting keeps money in a local economy, especially when hauling distances are kept short. (2)

 

References:
1. “How much water it takes to make your favorite foods”; https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/food-water-footprint_n_5952862.html; accessed 1/17/2018

2. 4 money stories in the compost industry; http://businessjournalism.org/2016/11/3-angles-to-report-on-the-composting-industry/; accessed 1/17/2018