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A “Com-Post”

According to, composting is a process in which solid organic materials are broken down by micro-organisms in the presence of oxygen. Biosolids are mixed with sawdust, wood chips or other organic material. High temperatures generated during this process kill harmful micro-organisms. A rich, soil-like product is the end result.

Composting is something that can be done easily in your own backyard, as Laura Kelly explains in this YouTube video: Backyard composting for vegetable garden

According to the Sierra Magazine, composting can be an easy way to help control global warming. The article says, “In the oxygen-deprived environment of a landfill, rotting food produces methane, a gas with 72 times the global-warming potential of carbon dioxide. Landfills are the largest human-made source of methane emissions in the United States, with a greenhouse-gas impact equal to one-fifth of that produced by the nation’s coal-fired power plants.  ‘While we’re working on getting cars off the road and shutting down coal plants, composting is the fastest, easiest, cheapest way to deal with greenhouse-gas emissions right now’, says Linda Christopher, executive director of The Grassroots Recycling Network.”

Scientific Blogging adds to this issue of global warming saying, “Applying organic fertilizers, such as those resulting from composting, to agricultural land could increase the amount of carbon stored in these soils and contribute significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, according to new research published in a special issue of Waste Management & Research.”
Composting is a very easy way to fertilize a garden or yard while reducing amount of waste in landfills and helping the problem of global warming.  Why shouldn’t you do it?

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