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Positive rural development in handling waste

Posted on March 16, 2016 by Taber Times

The Town of Taber has taken steps to improve the handling of plant matter compost for the surrounding area.

I believe that initiatives that improve sustainability and local development are critical to the success of the town as well as the county. As a distant reader, I cannot account for the personal opinions of the locals.

However the development of a compost pad is a step in the right direction, and it brings a new business to town where both the town residents and the rural can benefit. Compost allows residents to remove organic yard material in a positive way. The organics can be returned later as compost to local fields as well as home gardens. Rural development is critical to maintain the rural communities as they compete with the urbanizing world. After researching potato blight, I believe that the concern for the compost area to be breeding ground for blight in potatoes is understandable.

Much of the agriculture in the area has some relation to the potato industry, and a blight outbreak could be devastating.

However, blight spores do need live tissue to survive and composting procedures combined with proper management. I think that with proper management, the step to improve organic waste management, bring in development to the area, while providing local natural benefits to the agriculture sector is important for the town of Taber and rural growth.

JESSICA CARLYON
Dapp, Alberta

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