Message de Yuiko Taira, la fondatrice de Compost LFC
Should we spend a lot of energy and money for a healthy diet ?
Twenty-five years ago, I started to question our way of life: it was triggered by the discovery of my father's cancer. Back then, I couldn't find any pesticide-free vegetables needed for his diet, and the vegetables I eventually got were wilted and expensive. Food that nurtures us is coming from the earth.
In my daily life, I was angry with our society because I couldn't get healthy vegetables even though I could have made use of various natural environments.
Emission of carbon dioxide and reduction of natural resources
Emission of carbon dioxide and reduction of natural resources As we live in the city, we are busy every day buying food from supermarkets and waste most of the food, and kitchen scraps are incinerated. As funny as it may sound, we emit carbon dioxide by burning natural resources: it is a reality.
"The Future of Life", a book by a biologist, Edward O. Wilson greatly influenced my ideas.
If insects disappear, there will be a global food crisis. 75% of vegetables and fruits we eat are linked to pollinators. If they disappear, we will have to deal with the crisis.
Composting, trial and error
I started by renting a plot of vegetable garden for myself. I quickly realized that it was difficult to produce vegetables in a stable way: it was a fight against weeds, pests, heat, cold and rain.
I didn't want to use chemical fertilizers and pesticides because they are harmful to biodiversity.
Following my experiences and various efforts, I realised that the answer was in “composting” that I learned from my mother. If we recycle kitchen scraps back to the earth, it turns into nutrients for plants and solves various problems, and bypasses various chemicals that are harmful to nature. If many people use composting, we can improve the quantity and quality of our agricultural production and the quality of our biodiversity.
Move towards composting in cities
In order to solve many problems, it is important to develop "a practical and simple compost" which can be easily used even in the city.
New compost born after 20 years of activities at the NPO
Linking our daily life to soil improvement. An activity that even busy people can participate in. An ecological food system that can be done with a small portion. After considering these three solutions, we were able to develop our compost. The LFC “Local Food Cycling” was born after 20 years of activities, experiences and research at the NPO “The Life Cycle Research Institute” located in Fukuoka, Japan. It's great to be able to process food waste yourself and turn it into a valuable resource. It's an initiative for a sustainable future that we can easily do from our kitchen and I would like everyone to give it a try.
Creating a large-scale recycling system appears to be more economically and commercially efficient, but we have chosen to start with a smaller community. Our "Local Food Cycling (LFC)" activity values awareness, family activity, gratitude, effort and financial reward. Within a 2 km radius of the user, the compost grows vegetables that it eats and the food waste returns to the earth.
If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to your local expert.
The LFC compost was launched in Japan in January 2020. It is now used by many people living in cities, especially in Tokyo. To date, there have been more than 9,000 users, and the total amount of CO2 reduction by using compost has reached 324 tons. Our mission is to help you practice composting with respect for the environment.