Composting and carbon farming turn a major problem into a major climate solution.
Landfilling organic matter like food and yard waste is heating the planet. When buried in a landfill, organics decompose anaerobically (without oxygen) and in the process become the number one source of human-caused methane—a greenhouse gas that traps 84 times more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide in the short term.
That is a major problem . . . but we can transform it into a major climate solution. If we turn these organic discards into compost instead of landfilling them, we can prevent methane emissions at landfills. If we then apply compost to landscapes, we can build healthy soils. Healthier soils grow healthier plants which absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it safely in the soil where it belongs. Applied broadly and across the globe, carbon farming creates four global SOLUTIONS:
- Restoring lost topsoil,
- Increasing soil resilience to drought,
- Restoring food nutrition, and
- Reversing climate change.