06 Feb '12, 2pm

How Compost Gets You High (Literally)

How Compost Gets You High (Literally)

The photo above is of our very own Chris Tackett and his compost heap, and doesn't he look content? There may be a good reason. He's not the only TreeHugger who enjoys a little rotting biomass in his spare time. From composting dirty diapers through high-tech indoor composting to black soldier fly grub composting , we must have explored almost every conceivable angle on composting in our time. But this one is new to me. It turns out compost can get you high. At least that is what Pagan Kennedy over at The Atlantic would have us believe, as she explores how a common micro-organism in compost can literally act as a mind-altering substance : As I huff the soil, I have no way of knowing exactly how much M. vaccae is floating into my lungs -- or whether it's enough to change my mind. But I can sure smell this compost. The odor hits like a punch and triggers a memory: I recall a...

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