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(AP) — Executive chef Stephane Baloy scatters a mixture of microorganisms onto a container of composting scrap food at the Ferncroft Country Club in Middleton, Mass., Monday, June 11, 2012.

The country club is among a few places in the nation trying an obscure form of composting called bokashi. Based on an ancient Japanese farming practice, food waste is covered with a mix of microorganisms, which suppress its smell and eventually composts to produce soil. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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