art vs science

Let’s end the art vs science debate.  Modern composting is all about science, specifically, biology.

It has been said the 19th century was dominated by chemistry and the 20th by physics.  That brings us to the next hundred years, already dubbed “the century of biology.”

As practitioners of an advanced microbiological treatment and stabilization technology, we say it’s about time.  Today’s composting facility designers are beginning to understand how biology can be applied to modern waste management.  “Bio-based” designs result in simple, cost-effective solutions.  Their counterparts in the 19th and 20th centuries did not.

It’s not that chemistry and physics don’t have a place in this brave, new, compostable world.  In fact, compost manufacturing depends on both.  But isn’t it better to work with nature whenever possible than expend vast amounts of energy and dollars trying to force its cooperation or ignore natural laws completely?

Controlled biodegradation does not invite whimsy or free-styling.  Composting doesn’t just “happen,” not if process goals include rapid throughput of millions of tons biodegradable waste, tight environmental security and consistent product quality, and it’s only an art if one doesn’t understand the science.

So let’s end that particular discussion once and for all.  Successful, commercially-viable composting is a manufacturing process, an industry, with time-proven methodologies based on scientific principles. There’s no art involved, and with science firmly in the driver’s seat, composting clearly becomes the most efficient, cost-effective and sustainable waste management technology of the new biological age.

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  1. Kyle
    Kyle says:

    Thanks for an interesting article. I especially enjoyed “controlled biodegradation does not invite whimsy or freestyling”.

    We might indeed be in “the century of biology”, but we are also in the “age of information”. Tools like this very blog have the unprecedented ability to dispel both non-information and disinformation (e.g. folk lore) about what are fundamentally and entirely scientific processes. Bravo on taking sustainability from the realm of the “feel good” to the realm of commercial viability.

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