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Report: Banana peels, leaves can cure global warming

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It's probably the most obvious ingredient to solving global warming that Al Gore and the administration never thought about: Composting.

According to two new reports being released this week, the simple and homegrown process of composting organic table scraps like veggies and fruits with yard clippings will not only greatly reduce methane emissions but help keep carbon gases in the soil.

It's a “win-win,” according to the reports provided to Secrets by the Washington-based Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

While the administration and global warming advocates have been pushing expensive solutions and even the elimination of coal-fired energy plants, the group's new reports suggest that composting will help solve the issue of gasses emitted at landfills and generally from the soil.

For example, landfills emit twice as much methane as open manure pits. The reason: They are full of decomposing organic and biodegradable trash. So instead of putting that in the dump, the group recommends composting.

It not only keeps the methane-producing products out of the landfill, but helps create earthy compost material that can then be spread on the ground, keeping in carbon gases.

“Composting not only avoids landfill methane emissions, but also sequesters carbon, improves plant growth, increases the organic matter in soil, reduces water use by 10 percent,” said the report titled “The State of Composting in the U.S.”

The report added: “It also reduces the need for fossil-fuel based fertilizers, the production of which contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. Half of the energy used in agriculture is for making chemical nitrogen fertilizers. All of these benefits will be increasingly relevant in combating climate change. Furthermore, composting has the advantage of being easily implemented on a wide scale within five to 10 years.”

Said Rebecca Toews of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, “The Polar Vortex, flooding and droughts — all of these extreme weather conditions are hot topics right now — and on the minds of people all over the nation. What if the effects of all the extreme weather and heavy droughts could be curbed by just a few simple community composting tricks?”

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.