Written by: on May 24, 2021 @ 8:00 am

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Learn About Composting Day
May 29th!

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Were you raised to “clean your plate,” no matter what? Does the idea of wasted food still make you uncomfortable?  You might not like this statistic, then: The United States wastes more food than any other country on earth.  In one year, we waste 40 million tons of food, which represents more than 30-40% of our total food supply.  Most of the waste in US landfills is actually made up of discarded food!  What can we do about this massive waste?  Composting can help!

A lot of responsibility for this massive waste goes to you, the individual – if you are living in America, you waste an average of one pound of food a day.  It is estimated that 43% of all food waste comes from individual homes, with another hefty portion coming from the restaurant industry.  Aside from the ethical issue of wasting food while so many in the world go hungry, food waste also spells trouble for the environment. There are many reasons for food waste, but as “Compost King” Paul Sellew explains, no matter what the reason, the fact is that bioavailable nutrients in food are being locked up in landfills and not returning to biological systems that need them.  The constant loss of bioavailable nutrients into landfills, where once there was a natural cycle of growth and decay, depletes our soil rapidly and jeopardizes our ability to grow more food in the future.

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If you aren’t feeling great about having to toss that extra muffin, and wanting to do something that is genuinely eco-friendly, why not give composting a try?  You can turn food waste into productive, nutrient rich soil that will not only feed plants, but also the microbiome of animals, fungus, and bacteria that make up healthy soil.  Even if it’s just enough compost for a corner of your yard, you will be helping an essential natural cycle complete itself and doing a small part to help the earth remain in balance.

Composting is quite easy to do! With a few simple materials and your organic food waste, you can begin composting today! Participate in this week’s at-home experiment, Compost in a Cup! See links below for our lesson plan and tutorial video!

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Compost in a Cup Lesson Plan:
https://sciencemadefun.net/downloads/CompostInCup.pdf

Compost in a Cup Tutorial Video:
https://youtu.be/ZNM3nALYU_A

You can also learn more about composting by reading our previous blog posts:  

Science Made Fun Blog: Compost
Science Made Fun Blog: Understanding Compost

Sources:

Shocking Statistics on Food Waste:
https://www.rts.com/resources/guides/food-waste-america/

The King of Compost explains how food waste damages ecosystems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eXRfynD-M8

A User-Friendly Article from NPR to help you get Started Composting: https://www.npr.org/2020/04/07/828918397/how-to-compost-at-home

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