57 min

S2:E21 - How Composting Can Help Solve our Soil Health & Waste Crises Animalia

    • Earth Sciences

You’ve probably heard the disturbing stat before: we throw away 40% of our food here in the US.

And that’s a big problem on multiple fronts. For one, landfill waste is a major source, in fact our biggest source, of methane. A greenhouse gas that traps heat at a rate 25 times stronger than carbon.

In addition, that food waste could have otherwise been converted into nutrient rich soil, at a time when we are in a massive soil criss after decades of soil degradation spurned from an agriculture industry focused only on efficiency and scale.  

While there is no single silver bullet to any of our environmental and climate issues, there is a powerful elixir that can combat both our soil and waste crises.....composting.

Know doubt you know what composting is. Maybe you've tried it.  Maybe you compost regularly. Maybe you are one of the 75% of US Households that are not offered curbside composting.  

In this episode, you'll learn both why composting is so important in our fight against climate change AND all the ways it is become more and more accessible.

Joining us are the 3 Compost Commandos:


Lauren Turk, aka The Marvelous Soil Maven - a founder at Fera Zero, an incredible organization bringing a variety of waste solutions to many different cities, including an app to find how, where and why to compost. Join their waitlist. 
Charlie Pioli, aka Dr. O - founder of O-Town Compost, a for-profit composting venture in Orlando Florida. And host of The Community Compost Podcast.  Go check it out and subscribe!
Dr. Lee Reich, aka The Farmdener - the O.G of composting going over 50 years strong and a renowned gardener, author, and teacher.

We are so thankful to all three for joining and we think you'll love this episode!

If you are looking for some tips on how to start composting yourself, there are hundreds of great videos on YouTube but here is one in particular that I love!



NOTE: IF YOU LOVE THE ANIMALIA PODCAST, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LEAVE US A RATING AND REVIEW!  IT HELPS A TON.  AND YOU'LL ALSO PROBABLY LIKE OUR WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER, WHERE WE WRITE ABOUT 3 TO 4 TOP STORIES OF THE WEEK IN CONSERVATION AND CLIMATE. SUBSCRIBE HERE.

You’ve probably heard the disturbing stat before: we throw away 40% of our food here in the US.

And that’s a big problem on multiple fronts. For one, landfill waste is a major source, in fact our biggest source, of methane. A greenhouse gas that traps heat at a rate 25 times stronger than carbon.

In addition, that food waste could have otherwise been converted into nutrient rich soil, at a time when we are in a massive soil criss after decades of soil degradation spurned from an agriculture industry focused only on efficiency and scale.  

While there is no single silver bullet to any of our environmental and climate issues, there is a powerful elixir that can combat both our soil and waste crises.....composting.

Know doubt you know what composting is. Maybe you've tried it.  Maybe you compost regularly. Maybe you are one of the 75% of US Households that are not offered curbside composting.  

In this episode, you'll learn both why composting is so important in our fight against climate change AND all the ways it is become more and more accessible.

Joining us are the 3 Compost Commandos:


Lauren Turk, aka The Marvelous Soil Maven - a founder at Fera Zero, an incredible organization bringing a variety of waste solutions to many different cities, including an app to find how, where and why to compost. Join their waitlist. 
Charlie Pioli, aka Dr. O - founder of O-Town Compost, a for-profit composting venture in Orlando Florida. And host of The Community Compost Podcast.  Go check it out and subscribe!
Dr. Lee Reich, aka The Farmdener - the O.G of composting going over 50 years strong and a renowned gardener, author, and teacher.

We are so thankful to all three for joining and we think you'll love this episode!

If you are looking for some tips on how to start composting yourself, there are hundreds of great videos on YouTube but here is one in particular that I love!



NOTE: IF YOU LOVE THE ANIMALIA PODCAST, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LEAVE US A RATING AND REVIEW!  IT HELPS A TON.  AND YOU'LL ALSO PROBABLY LIKE OUR WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER, WHERE WE WRITE ABOUT 3 TO 4 TOP STORIES OF THE WEEK IN CONSERVATION AND CLIMATE. SUBSCRIBE HERE.

57 min