Composting traditionally refers to aerobic (with oxygen) decomposition. However there is an alternative, anaerobic (without oxygen) decomposition. Think about the difference between a rotting onion compared to a pickled onion.
Aerobic decomposition, or hot composting, is a process in which microbes feed upon organic matter in an oxygenated environment. The microbes leave a stable, fibrous material that can be applied to the soil. During this process, however, heat is produced and gasses such as Carbon Dioxide, Methane and even Ammonia are released. This reduces the nutritional value of the organic matter as well as leaving a significant Carbon Footprint.
Anaerobic decomposition, or fermentation, is a process in which microbes feed on organic matter without the presence of oxygen. This process doesn’t generate any heat and almost no Carbon Dioxide is released. This process creates a stable, nutrient dense, pre-digested food for the soil with almost no Carbon Footprint.
Agriton Group believe anaerobic fermentation is a more efficient and effective decomposition process, which is why we developed Agriton | Bokashi. By understanding the chemical and microbial interactions within the decomposition process we can help create an environment in which the fermentation process can take place. This leads to the retention of more nutrients and more energy which can then be used to feed the soil and help regenerate degraded soils.
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