Knowing, living, and being with bokashi

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n this chapter, I will look at bokashi composting – an emerging
waste practice which takes into consideration our co-constitutive relationship
with microbes. Bokashi composting could be described as a ‘probiotic’ waste
treatment method in that it works against the modern ‘antibiotic’ logics of purity
and control. While modern waste practices have tried to get rid of waste as efficiently as possible – or even deny it altogether – a probiotic waste practice accepts
waste as an intrinsic, and even essential, part of the maintenance of life. I explore
the ontoethicopolitical implications of bokashi composting on waste relations
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWith Microbes
EditorsCharlotte Brives, Matthaeus Rest, Salla Sariola
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherMattering Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-912729-19-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-912729-18-0
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2021
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • microbes

Field of science

  • Social and economic geography
  • Other humanities

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