I took some time to think about it all and thought about church and science (we, as a family have just joined the local UU Church). We are all interconnected. Matter cannot be created nor destroyed. We have finite resources. Everything that grows draws nutrients from the soil, we consume it, make it in to products, and discard the rest. If what we discard heads to the landfill, it's not returning to the soil. It's breaking the chain. It's a very very very very bad thing, really. It's taking so much and not giving back. It's not sustainable.
My husband even stopped by the grocery on his way home the other day and asked the Deli if they had any old buckets (they always have lots of buckets), and we now have a 2 gallon "gluck bucket" on the kitchen counter. Over the course of the week, I've emptied it twice. That's 4 gallons of organic matter in one week. Banana peels, apple cores, carrot peels, un-eaten bread crusts, coffee ground... oh the coffee grounds, cabbage cores, the smushed grapes from the bottom of the bag, melon rinds... It amazed me how much we used to toss in the trash... that will now become beautiful compost for the garden.
We're saving money (I actually used to buy bags of compost for the garden) and really doing our part to help heal the planet and ensure that the soil will continue to give us good things to eat.
A work in progress