A composting technique called bokashi that has been practiced in Japan
for centuries is on the rise in the US. Bokashi uses a blend of
microorganisms that are mixed with food waste. The food waste ferments
and is buried where it degrades into "soil". The process is supposedly
odorless and allows the composting of meat and some dairy and oils.
According to the US Composting Council, there is little research on
bokashi, and some claim that it is a gimmick since the microorganisms
occur naturally without needing to purchase them from a supplier.
Although I don't have any experience with bokashi, it does seem too good
to be true, one wonders if fermentation is occuring, how is the process
odorless and if there are any methane emissions from the process. Does
anyone in the BESTS community have any experience with bokashi they'd
like to share with the list serve?
Have a great weekend,
Japanese composting may be new food waste solution
Wall Street Journal
June 12, 2012