During my trip to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, my hosts took up Bokashi composting. Tired of throwing their food scraps away and needing nutrients for their backyard garden, the self-contained and clean food waste management system works well even in Dubai’s extreme Middle East climate.

In my latest article on Earth911.com, I describe how it works:

Layering is an important step in the Bokashi process. After an inch or so food scraps is spread in the bucket, users just need to sprinkle the bran on the food scraps. The process continues until the bin is full. Meanwhile any water that collects in the bin can be drained, diluted and poured into the ground to fertilized plants. Undiluted liquid can clear sink drains or septic systems. Once the fermented matter is ready, the compost can be added to a garden. The one caveat is that the finished product must be buried in order for it to turn into humus that in turn will revive the soil.

You can read the entire article here. If you live in Dubai, learn more about the local distributor.

This article was syndicated on Huffington Post on May 7, 2012.

About The Author

Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009 his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). During 2013 and 2014, he lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as an associate director with a leading public relations firm within Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.