GEC Organic Waste Composting

Reverse Climate Change with Better Agriculture

GEC Organics takes dead soil that releases greenhouse gases, and brings it back to life, making it a net carbon “sink,” that removes greenhouse gas from the air and turns it into food for healthier, more nutritious plants and food. GEC combats climate change by reversing a long trend of depleted top soil, and regenerates the foundation of our agricultural system.

Project Details



Location

Alabama, United States

Verification

Gold Standard

Annual Reductions

8225 tCO2e

Registry

Markit

Not Just Dirt

Soil is the foundation of any successful growing medium. Soil feeds and aerates your plants. Soil is alive, filled with microorganisms (hundreds of millions per gram) that transform organic matter into food that plants can digest. Only with good soil, can agriculture survive.

Conventional Agriculture Kills Soil

Growers often spray chemicals to kill bacteria and till soil repeatedly. These practices kill beneficial creatures living in the soil, leaving too few microbes to help plants breakdown nutrients and fend off disease. As a result growers need more synthetic fertilizer and environmentally harmful pesticides, creating a vicious cycle where the use of harsh chemicals and fossil fuels depletes the Earth. Furthermore, the creation and application of fertilizer produces substantial amounts of Greenhouse Gases (“GHG”) that contribute to climate change.

GEC Organics Brings Dead Soil to Life

GEC converts chicken manure, food waste and green waste to an organic soil amendment using a proprietary blend of microbes. The process removes harmful GHG emissions from the atmosphere. The finished product can be distributed in a commercial spreader. Their 70 acre facility in Castleberry, Alabama is the largest of its kind in the US.

Better Soil, Better Crops

The organic soil produced in Castleberry is 100% Organic, drought resistant, it balances soil PH levels, increases soil water retention up to 50 percent, increases nutrient storage and aids fertilizer runoff control, and delivers larger and stronger plant root systems resulting in healthier plants, trees, and turf. The purchase of these carbon offsets helps to re-building the foundation of our agricultural industry. The more projects like GEC Organics grow, the closer we become to securing future food supplies for a forecasted doubling of demand.

GEC Organics Contributes to Three United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Feedback from GEC Organic Waste Composting Project Beneficiaries

“The results I have gotten with the GECO Compost were remarkable.  I conducted side by side testing for my winter greens and the difference in plant size was unbelievable.  The quality and volume of the radishes, turnips and different types of lettuce that were grown with the GEC product demonstrated better overall growth and fewer pests than with synthetic fertilizers.  I have started working directly with Chasing Fresh, a new farm to table produce delivery service and all indications are that there is a significant improvement in the taste of the vegetables which I have grown organically.”

—Chip Bryars, Organic Farmer and Land Owner

“Modern day thought is that you can’t feed the world with organic farming. This is wrong.  Medium sized organic farms are far more productive than any industrialized model of agriculture and are sustainable. Our soil is being depleted at 13 times the rate it can be replaced”.

—Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety

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