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I opened the Umbra inbox to find a question from our new intern and recent Seattle transplant, Zoya : How does compost work? Zoya! Don’t be shy! Just ask me in person! But actually don’t, because I can’t answer it, and thinking about the mysteries of the composting process fills me with visceral distress. You throw a bunch of old food in a bin and hope, through the magic of decomposition, that it becomes something that enriches soil. Clearly, I did not have a very productive science education. I have, however, had a long and varyingly productive career trying to convince people to do what I would like them to do. Which brings us to my questions: Why doesn’t municipal composting work better ? Why is it so hard to get people to compost? And how can I change the minds of the perennial compost detractors? I have found that compost, for being such a seemingly benign issue, touc...

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