reply to post by AlexIR
I've heard we waste upwards of 40-50% of our food supply, with something like 90% of the material in landfills being biodegradable foods locked up in
plastic garbage bags. It's an absolute travesty.
I enjoyed the talk, and it certainly is one of the biggest and most pressing (not to mention overlooked) problems we face today, but I thought he came
up short in the possible solutions category.
In addition to pigs, chickens make for incredible organic waste disposals. I think they're a little easier to manage than pigs, and more and more
municipalities are allowing for "backyard chickens" - which should almost be a requirement for every household, since they recycle kitchen scraps so
well. Plus, they convert those scraps to tasty and nutritious eggs, much moreso than you'll get from factory farmed chickens. Here's a comparison of
some of the nutrient differences between the two:
1/3 less cholesterol than commercial eggs
1/4 less saturated fat
2/3 more vitamin A
2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
7 times more beta carotene
Another great, and perhaps the most important, option is composting
. Composting recycles the nutrients and turns those foods back into
incredible, slow-release soil amendments (which are much better than synthetic fertilizers). In fact, compost helps to actively build soils,
something we drastically need to do if we want to keep growing food at all in this country and around the world in general:
'Slow, insidious' soil erosion threatens human health
Composting is easy to do at home, and there are plenty of resources on the internet to find out how to get started. You can also check with your
local University Extension offices, which both offer advice and occasionally hold courses on it.
I was just at a demo on composting this past weekend in Madison and they said that, apparently, by the year 2015 at least some parts of Madison will
have a municipal composting program, where the city will come around and collect food scraps and take them to an anaerobic composting center to
convert the organic waste into compost. Households will have a separate composting bin to go along with their recycling and garbage bins. They'll
apparently even capture the methane emitted at the facility and convert it into electricity.
Thanks for the thread.
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