“For those who voluntarily set out food scraps for municipal collection — true believers, that is — the process provokes yet another layer of uncertainty. We assume our dregs are headed for a giant compost pile somewhere, but what happens to it next?” NYT Mag with an interesting look at how one guy is looking to turn food scraps into profit: The Compost King of New York.

+ “A few of the bags, cooked in the sun, had been wriggling with maggots. Tyvek suits, steel-toed boots, safety goggles, gloves, and respirators insulated the team against close contact. But they’ve spent months wrist-deep in kitchen scraps.” Researchers are doing the dirty job of trying to figure out why we throw so much food away.