Quinlan, Catherine Meeks; Farnsley, Sarah
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The aim of this thesis is to construct a philosophical and ecological argument that places great value on localized food systems in terms of waste. This composition develops the claim that building composting infrastructure on a community scale will curb the global climate crisis and enhance the interconnectedness humans have within themselves, each other, and the natural world. The first prong of this thesis entails a theoretical framework we must function under in order to implement such radical food revolutions in our communities informed by Buddhist principles. This proceeds an international case study of the composting infrastructure of Fort Albany First Nation, Canada; Rwinkwavu, Rwanda; Havana, Cuba; Surabaya, Indonesia; and Dhaka, Bangladesh which emphasize the Indigenous, health-informed, war-related, colonial, and economic dimensions of compost in their respective communities. Following this, a national case study investigates community composting in Chicago, Illinois; Palmas de Mar, Puerto Rico; New York City, New York; Tucson, Arizona; and Sarasota, Florida under the lens of class, business, gender, education, and environmental justice within local food waste. The final case study of this thesis examines the systems of food waste within the author’s hometown and the work that she contributed to building food system resiliency in terms of compost in her community.
B. S.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Science.
Food waste--Moral and ethical aspects; Food waste--Environmental aspects; Compost--Case studies
Other Environmental Sciences
Getter, Ellen A., "Closing the loop of food systems: analyzing compost within community bounds" (2023). Honors Theses.