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Composting Foods Research Paper

Composting foods is the natural process of decomposition

and recycling of organic material into a humus rich soil
amendment known as compost. This is used to help plants grow,
since they provide many nutrients such as, phosphorus,
potassium and a host of other micronutrients such as calcium and
magnesium, which is what plants need to grow. Composting can
be really helpful to our atmosphere too because people can
recycle vegetable waste instead of sending it to our landfills. This
means a reduction of concentrated, toxic leachates and methane
gas that is being released into the atmosphere, which equates to
a decrease in overall pollution.
Compost has been a great help in helping people farm their
plants. It is really helpful because it enriches the soil. Using
compost adds essential nutrients, improves soil structure, which
allows better root growth, and increases moisture and nutrient
retention in the soil. Plants love compost! Compost is related to
chemistry because there are microorganisms in the soil. These
microorganisms have certain chemical requirements, primarily
carbon for energy, nitrogen to build proteins, and oxygen for
respiration. A process called thermophilic composting happens
when these microorganisms start decomposing the waste that is
mixed with the soil. Thermophilic composting is when high
temperatures promotes rapid decomposition and kills weed seeds
and disease-causing organisms. This process consists of three
phases a mesophilic, or moderate-temperature phase (up to
40C), which typically lasts for a couple of days; a thermophilic, or
high temperature phase (over 40C), which can last from a few
days to several months depending on the size of the system and
the composition of the ingredients; and a several-month
mesophilic curing or maturation phase. That is the chemistry in
composting foods.
Environmentally composting foods is the best thing to use
when farming. They are used as a great fertilizer for plants. Not
only that but it is also environmentally friendly, there is no need
to throw away kitchen waste when it can be used for composting

foods. Even if you are not a farmer it is good to make compost.

You can give it to a gardener after your compost is done.
Composting foods will make kitchen waste not to go to waste
when it can be used to help plants grow which are the organisms
that provide us with oxygen. If kitchen waste is sent to our
landfills it will increase the pollution in the city, but if it is recycled
it will reduce our pollution. It also provides us with clean soil and
not soil filled with substances that are harmful to our plants.