Saturday, April 21, 2018

An Ode to Composting

I have my short but shining collegiate journalism career to thank for introducing me to composting and turning me into a hard core composter over the span of a few months. As a staff writer for my university's newspaper, each week was an exercise in covering the random array of lectures, events, and happenings that took place on the busy campus.

One assignment I pulled was to cover a screening of Wasted, a documentary that detailed the massive problem of food waste around the world and offered solutions for this growing problem. In the moment I wasn't moved to make a dramatic shift to composting, but since graduating I moved to Washington DC, where composting has a visible presence at several farmers markets I frequent. The sobering truth about the danger of food waste has stuck with me from writing a story about it, and I have quickly become a fully fledged composting convert. With Earth Day happening tomorrow, I figured it was as good a time as any to share my experience, to show that composting is a little thing you can do to combat the massive problem of food waste.