Why Compost?

 

We believe that composting is one of the most impactful, easy to do, activities you can participate in to help create food security, soil stability, and the opportunity for clean air, abundant wildlife, and a healthy environment for yourself and future generations. 

Each year in the United States over 80 billion pounds of food ends up in land fills. This means about 220 lbs of food waste is created annually, per person. This waste isn't turned into something productive, and the way in which most of this food is grown also has a detrimental impact to the land it's grown on.

In the US alone, soil on cropland is eroding 10 times faster than it can be replenished. If we continue to degrade the soil at the rate we are now, the world could run out of topsoil in about 60 years, according to Maria-Helena Semedo of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization.

The situation is dire, unsustainable, and also creates a situation where forests and wild areas must be turned into farm land in order to sustain the population and food variety we have today. This activity further perpetuates the problem of carbon sequestration, wild land availability for animals, sustainable food systems, clean air, and stability on our planet for future generations. 

We believe local composting solutions provide an answer to this problem, and we believe that our community is willing to join help us bring food security and a strong environment to Huntsville. Specifically, when we compost, we can take these food scraps, we can turn them into abundant soil and food, using less oil/petroleum in transporting these products since they're grown locally, and providing our local environment and ecosystems abundant soils and natural places to thrive. The outcome of a healthy composting program, locally oriented, is better fruit and vegetable products, better meat products, and a strong local food security system.

 

We hope you join us on this amazing endeavor and help Huntsville continue to lead. If you'd like to learn more about composting please visit our learn more about composting resources page!

 

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