Bokashi Fermentation vs. Composting: Settling The Debate

For those interested in making their personal or professional lives more sustainable, organic waste disposal is a key component of their sustainability approach. While composting has prevailed as the most popular and widespread method for disposing of organic waste, enough science is in to conclude that it isn’t the most effective, or the most nourishing for future crops.

Bokashi fermentation is an increasingly popular, scientifically-rooted method for disposing of organic waste, which uses fermentation principles, rather than the decomposition method used in composting. There are several key factors that put bokashi fermentation above composting in terms of both ease of use and effectiveness, and today we will settle the bokashi fermentation versus composting debate by outlining these factors.

Foul Odors

For anyone new to, or experienced with composting, one of the most overarching ticks in the ‘Con’ box is the foul smell that comes from your compost pile or bin whenever you open it. This smell is the result of the naturally decomposing food, digested by microorganisms, as it rots away. This smell can be a huge impediment to continuing your composting practice, so eliminating it is a big positive for bokashi fermentation. Bokashi fermentation eliminates oxygen from the organic waste disposal process, which in turn eliminates the foul smells of composting. Bokashi fermentation helps you practice organic waste disposal sustainably.

Co2 Production

Another positive part of eliminating oxygen from the organic waste disposal process is that bokashi fermentation also greatly reduces carbon dioxide production. Carbon dioxide is one of the major greenhouse gases that is driving climate change, so while composting is a great way to recycle your organic waste back into the food cycle, some of the process’ other side effects aren’t as green as they’re made out to be. Bokashi fermentation reduces smells and greenhouse gas production, to create a more well-rounded organic waste disposal process.

Energy Loss Through Heat Production

If you’ve ever composted, one thing you’ll have undoubtedly noticed is that your compost pile heats up as it decomposes. This is loss of productive energy to heat is the sign of an inefficient organic waste disposal process. Bokashi fermentation doesn’t suffer from this inefficiency, so all of the energy produced by the microorganisms is turned into productive fermentation, which in turn leads to productive plant nutrients.

If you’re interested in harnessing the power and productivity of bokashi fermentation, check out the Bokashi Cycle online store today, to see all of the different domestic and industrial applications of bokashi fermentation!

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