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When we reduce chemicals in farming and allow natural systems to regenerate, we can create healthy, living soils. Allowing more biodiversity back into farms – and gardens – keeps carbon in the soil, increases the draw down of CO2 from the atmosphere, retains more water and minerals, produces food packed with more nutrients and achieves higher yields.
If global food waste was a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter behind China and the US.
If just 1% of Australians composted food scraps instead of throwing them in the bin, it would save 45 million kgs of CO2 being released into the atmosphere.
Composting also helps improve soils, bringing it the nutrition it needs to stay healthy and useful.
If you want to start composting, your local council could offer some great deals on the right equipment. They also deliver regular free workshops to help get you started.
For a ready-made-solution for improving soil health, YLAD Living Soils sell sustainable compost and run education programs to help build soil fertility, reducing the need for chemical pest control., NSW Im
Support your local farmer
Consider supporting your local farmers market, where the stallholders are the farmers themselves. Seek out produce that is also listed as organic - which means pesticides and preservatives are not used.