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Originally posted by blood0fheroes
While I certainly understand the concerns about purchasing compost from sources unknown; I see here an abundance of bad information and myth-conceptions. For instance, it seems to be a common idea that meat and cooked vegetables should never be composted. Sorry, this is false.
Meat I can at least understand (as most people really dont understand what compost is, nor how to feed the micro-organisms correctly)...but cooked vegetables?.....whaaat???
Hopefully I can help out here and possibly inspire some to research further, the amazing topic of thermophilic composting.
“The biological decomposition and stabilization of organic substrates, under conditions that allow development of thermophilic temperatures as a result of biologically produced heat, to produce a final product that is stable, free of pathogens and plant seeds, and can be beneficially applied to land.”
Basically, under thermophilic conditions, all known pathogens will die. If one is feeling particularly brave, I suggest reading The Humanure Handbook, by Joseph Jenkins, which goes into great detail on all things compost...and I do mean all.