11 Jul '11, 1pm

Ever wonder about the secrets of industrial composting? - Texas' Biggest Composter Reveals All:

Ever wonder about the secrets of industrial composting? - Texas' Biggest Composter Reveals All:

Only a Texan would describe compost as "steak and potatoes for plants" . San Antonio's Malcolm Beck has been composting for over 50 years—back when, he says, hardly anyone had even heard of compost. He has since grown his business to become the largest composter in Texas. NPR's Science Friday recently paid him a visit, and he revealed many of the secrets of his trade—including what his most prized compost consists of... and what it really consists of. (Nothing is ever quite what it seems.) We have, of course, seen footage of industrial-scale composting before, but what makes this video so great is the passion—and experience—of Mr Beck, who founded his business, Garden Ville , way back in 1957. From telling us that bat guano is his most prized source of compost, to revealing that this very same bat guano is really beetle guano (beetles break down the bat poop before it is c...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/the-secrets-of-in...

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