Composting is an important agricultural practice of returning nutrients to agricultural soils. It is also a method for both maintaining and improving soil health and fertility in agricultural fields. Composting has specific goals and a relatively concise set of practices, and many international monographs and journal articles advocate its adoption for soil and farm health. By focusing on composting's goals and practices, this article outlines the role and rationale of composting in ecoagricultural regimes.

Turning consumer food waste into compost for organic agricultural soils is one way in which food consumption can go green

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There are two ways humans have added necessary nutrients to agricultural fields over human history. One is the method developed during World War II in which chemicals used in weaponry were applied ...

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