How Composting Worms Fight Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Humble composting worms are unknowingly fighting greenhouse gas emissions. When food rots in a landfill, it produces methane. Food put into a worm composter does not. In fact, aerobic composting results in organic fertilizer that helps green things grow. How big an impact would composting have on greenhouse gas emissions? What are the benefits of composting? And what can a household do to make their trash better for the environment? Greenhouse Gasses Greenhouse gasses are heating up the planet and changing the climate. This leads to flooding, coastal erosion, stronger storms, and wildfires. According to Tristram Stuart, author of “Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal,” food that no one eats represents 10 percent of the West’s greenhouse gasses. This waste includes throwing away food that is too much, too old, or imperfect. What Can You Do? To reduce food waste, look first at your food acquisition and preparation habits. Do you plan your meals? Prepare a menu each week. Shop for ingredients. Plan to use up leftover ingredients. Make the amount of food your household will eat to minimize leftovers. Be especially careful with fresh ingredients so they get eaten before they spoil. If you grow food, be prepared to make preserves. Share or sell excess food. Many food banks will take freshly picked fruits and vegetables. Next, stop throwing out kitchen scraps and food. Organic material mixed into regular trash begins to break down. The trash smothers it, preventing it from getting enough oxygen. Therefore, anaerobic bacteria grow and … Continue reading How Composting Worms Fight Greenhouse Gas Emissions