Picture of Bokashi bin and bag of Bokashi bran mix; a bokashi bin is a non-smelly compost or worm farm alternative suitable for people living in large or small buildings.

Bokashi anaerobic digestion is a method of anaerobic digestion to prepare almost ANY kitchen waste (incl. carnivorous waste) for composting (incl. directly into the earth). This makes it a very interesting candidate for handling food waste quickly and efficiently from urban sites, institutions, and other places where compost bins would be inconvenient or would otherwise attract pests. It is also a net carbon sink, since the method produces almost no greenhouse gases and can be scaled (municipally) to sequester large amounts of carbon. Variants of the bokashi method also show promise in bio-remediation.

How to Make Bokashi fertiliser[edit | edit source]

  • Commercial method: Suppliers can provide either finished dried bokashi in ziplock bags or a solution of a dozen species of sleeping Micro-organisms that can be activated and extended in any kitchen, using clean water, molasses and a source of carbon such as wheat bran, rice hulls, coffee grounds or maybe even shredded newspaper
  • 100% Homemade method: replace the solution of micro-organisms with Whey (currently being experimented in several places) [1] [2] [3]
  • Garbage Enzyme: a popular variant in parts of Asia [4] [5] which can also be produced 100% homemade

Community[edit | edit source]

Bokashi suppliers[edit | edit source]

Australia[edit | edit source]

If you live in Port Phillip Council in Melbourne, you can get a free bokashi bin (or compost bin, or worm farm) by attending their SLAHminars (Sustainable Living At Home seminars): http://web.archive.org/web/20130603231428/http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au:80/slah.html

Canada[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

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Keywords composting, anaerobic digestion, environment, food and agriculture, food, agriculture, gardening, green household, green living, green un your apartment
SDG SDG12 Responsible consumption and production
Authors Bruno Vernier, Brianna Laugher
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Language English (en)
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Aliases Bokashi
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Created December 8, 2008 by Brianna Laugher
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