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  •  Compost (10+ / 0-)

    One of the small things I do to help heal the planet is compost kitchen waste and leaves -- compost attracts and produces all sorts of micro-organisms (and worms and bugs), and I've read that it (with other organic-farming techniques) also is a great way to sequester carbon. My 3x3 bin won't make a noticeable dent in the CO2 levels, but it feels like something I can do and it reduces my trash stash.

    From what I understand, the micro-climate would also be improved by eliminating antibacterial soaps and cleaners (which the CDC says don't do any better than plain soap at preventing disease but they mess up the environmental micro-bugs) and eliminating antibiotic use in animals and (except where essential) in humans, so they aren't floating around in all the water.

    •  My school will start a pilot program... (3+ / 0-)
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      METAL TREK, myboo, Mark Sumner

      ...designed to compost lunch. We already recycle plastics, cartons, bottles, etc. and (from my perspective) we do it miserably. We serve lunch to kindergarten thru 5th grade, and doing it right consistently is not a high priority - much of it is performed when we are transitioning from one lunch period to the next, so too few adults are monitoring too many activities and behaviors to coach and reinforce recycling "best practices."

      Composting added to an already mediocre exercise will tax my reserves for patience, but I'm trying to remember that the exposure and exercise will pay off a few years down the road, even as I will be fishing out the chicken patties, taco meat and turkey meatballs from the compost-able food waste each and every day. Maybe some will reach the science garden, most will end up in the general dump, but that will be some measurable improvement over what we do now.

      Baby steps, right?

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Sun May 12, 2013 at 06:43:45 AM PDT

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    •  I'm also a big composter. (2+ / 0-)
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      Kimbeaux, myboo

      I have two very big piles - one is 6' x 8' and the other is 8' x 8'.  When we first moved onto this property (about 5 acres), my property-mates were horrified that I set up these two piles, complaining that they would smell, attract hungry animals and vermin and increase the "bug" problem.

      But their fears never came to pass, because a well-run and well-maintained compost pile doesn't smell, isn't infested with vermin, animals stay away from it and bugs (beetles and such) don't leave the pile and move into the houses.

      Now everyone loves the fact that we have beautiful, dark, fluffy soil to use in spring planting and to augment soil levels in potted plants.  Composting is a win-win - as soon as everyone is convinced their worst fears are baseless.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Sun May 12, 2013 at 06:59:06 AM PDT

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      •  I'm a lazy composter. At one time I (3+ / 0-)
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        myboo, Egalitare, akmk

        had a pile located against the detached garage.  I would collect fruit & veg scraps in paper bags, then take the whole bag and toss it onto the pile as I walked to the garage.  In the fall I added the leaves we raked.  Once a year, I turned the pile, whether it needed it or not. It may not have been a fast pile, but it worked, and even grew potatoes from the eyes I tossed in.

        Now I have a fancy cylinder bin.  Sometimes I remember to spin it.

        Compost happens!

        Socialist? I do not think that word means what you think it means.

        by Kimbeaux on Sun May 12, 2013 at 07:57:59 AM PDT

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