Are my kitchen scraps safe for my compost? - Knowledgebase Question

Temple City, Ca
Question by johnsonsung
December 28, 2009
My family usually buys fruits and vegetables that is not organic. With the chance of having been sprayed with pesticides, are my kitchen scraps still safe to be put into my compost bin? and being re-used as fertilizer for my home grown fruits and vegetables?

Answer from NGA
December 28, 2009


Yes. According to Cornell University, the microbial decomposition that occurs during composting breaks down the types of pesticides currently on the market, and composting is sometimes used to degrade pesticide residues commercially. (Non-biodegradable pesticides such as DDT and chlordane are no longer allowed to be sold in the U.S.).

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