San Francisco's Table Scraps Make for Much Healthier Wines

San Francisco residents may have groaned when the city passed mandatory composting laws in 2009, but now they might be sighing in relaxation as they sip wines grown on soil enriched with their city-mandated table scraps.

A record amount of San Francisco compost is being shipped to Napa and Sonoma Valley vineyards this season, acting as an important chemical-free and nutrient-rich fertilizer that grows healthier grapes.

According to Robert Reed, a spokesman for Recology, Inc., the city's waste management company, San Francisco's composting laws provide ample fodder for the finished garbage that is trucked up daily from Recology's compost plants around the Bay Area. The compost makes its way to organic farms and other agricultural outposts — including Napa and Sonoma vineyards.

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