The Hudson Valley Food Waste Challenge
Welcome to Week Four
Prepping & Cooking
October 18 - 24th
Should you require assistance please email janet@HudsonValleyEATS or call 845-598-4760 Monday - Saturday between 9:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
You may wonder why it is so harmful to the environment? The problem has to do with the fact that when food and other organic matter decomposes in a landfill, it gets buried under other trash, causing it not to get the oxygen it needs to decompose naturally. Without oxygen, as food decays, it lets off methane gas, a greenhouse gas, 86 times more potent that carbon dioxide. Composting allows oxygen to circulate in the decomposition process, so that dangerous methane gasses are not produced.
Another benefit of composting is that it puts nutrients back in soil, improving its health and strengthening our local food system. What is your garbage is a farmer's treasure. Organic compost is not only high in nutrients, but also helps soil retain more water, helping to save another valuable resource.
There are many options for composting, and this article, "Composting 101: What, Why & How to Compost at Home", gives great information on composting in general, and 6 different options to do it.
One option is, if you are unable to or not interested in keeping up with a composting system at home, you can look into local service, such as Hudson Valley Food Waste Challenge sponsor, the Community Composting Company offers. They provide a variety of collection services for residents, businesses, and institutions, which includes collection and community drop spots.