The Tricky Business of Composting

littlegunpowderfarm3Along with a hybrid in the driveway and solar panels on the roof, an earthy mound of compost decaying in the backyard has long been a signifier of an eco-conscious lifestyle—and with good reason. It is a cheap, easy, and natural way to divert organic waste from a landfill where it would otherwise almost certainly fester and release greenhouse gases, including uber-potent methane and nitrous oxide. In addition, composting results in a soil amendment that can be used to stabilize soils: runoff is reduced, moisture is retained, and crop yields are increased, all of which are ever more important as global population surpasses 7 billion. It is an elegant closed loop. Read More >