Environmental Solution for Campers


Apr 2 2015

The Kruger National Park offers great out-door and camping escapes, but whilst out enjoying these wonders how do campers administer the challenges presented with managing their food waste? It’s a fact that food waste provides a scavenging opportunity thereby attracting wild life which becomes a nuisance. And unfortunately that’s not all as it also creates a dependency relationship between humans and wildlife.

In “A Primates Memoir” Robert Sapolsky, describes how members of a baboon troop that he was studying in the Masai Mara started dying after eating improper disposed of meat waste.

Latest Sightings looked into this and found an appropriate solution which involves recycling food waste into soil food. And it’s a simple process! Earth Probiotic, a company owned and managed by Gavin and Karen Heron utilises Bokashi. It is made from wheat bran inoculated with beneficial bacteria. It is 100% biodegradable, all natural, non-toxic, eliminates flies, and has zero odours while decomposing food waste.

Gavin says, “Food waste has nutrients that we can feed to soil. So when dumping or disposing of food waste we are not only creating an environmental hazard, but we are also wasting nutrients which could go back to enriching our soil.”

Most people either burn, bury or lug their food waste back home (the latter being a tedious task). Burying or burning your food waste also presents its own problems. Gavin says, “We are simply moving the problem elsewhere.” As burning never completely eliminates food waste, it also creates a foul smelling environment. And then of course buried food waste can be dug up by animals.

When visiting a biosphere we should endeavour to leave it as unsullied as possible. Camping is all about space and when embarking on your trip the bokashi bin can be used to store your food.
On location, collect all food waste (everything can go in including all cooked and uncooked meat, bones, dairy, onions e.t.c) in a plastic bag and at the end of the day add this to the bokashi bin, layer with bokashi and seal. Do this daily until your trip is over and then take the bin back home with you. The container is simply filled with what was in it when you started off – food (albeit decomposing, but at no additional weight).
Once home it can either be added to a compost heap or dug into a hole under the drip line of a fruit tree – it will feed that tree with high value nutrients. You can also feed this food waste to composting earthworms.

It is a fact that food waste is also hazardous to global warming and Gavin indicates that it generates 435kg/CO2e when dumped into a landfill. When not properly treated we are potentially growing a pathogenic mess which can be extremely hazardous to the fauna around us.

While enjoying nature make sure nature has enjoyed your visit. We are guests of nature. Let’s behave as such.

For further information regarding Earth Probiotic visit www.eathprobiotic.com

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