Noting growing industry trends, Shayne Elliott, CEO of ANZ, highlights the rising interest that consumers are having in food safety and quality, saying “People are worried about food safety and wanting to have that identity with where their food has come from”.
“There's a really strong move with the community on the whole towards understanding whether food comes from and wanting to have some sort of ownership over the processes that brings the food to their table,” James says.
“People are starting to understand that the soil is really paramount to the nutrient pathways in the food.”
It seems there’s more to soil than meets the eye and a good composting system can really help bring much needed nutrients, like carbon, back into the soil.
“Often people think if they're presenting some compost they're adding carbon into the soil,” explains James. “But if the compost hasn't gone through a process of reunification by microbes — so by bacteria and cellulose digesting fungi — then the carbon isn't in a stable form and will impact back into the atmosphere.”
“We need to promote the life in the soil as much as possible.”
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