More Promise for the Vermicomposting Movement

That’s right…it’s a MOVEMENT now! (as Jack Chambers likes to say – the “Underground Movement”)

Long-time vermi-friend, Sharon K., shared a cool article with me yesterday evening. It’s another one on a popular website (just check out the “likes”, “shares” etc and you’ll see what I mean), so I’m pretty excited about it!

Here is a blurb:

Natural β€œWorm” Composts May Help Protect the Future Food Supply

Many are not aware that one of the reasons why the conventional agribusiness food system has emerged as a major threat to your health is because it is contributing to the destruction of the world’s topsoil. According to an article in Time World,8 soil erosion and degradation rates suggest we have only about 60 remaining years of topsoil. Forty percent of the world’s agricultural soil is now classified as either degraded or seriously degraded; the latter means that 70 percent of the topsoil is gone.

Our soil is being lost at 10 to 40 times the rate it can be replenished, and our food production systems are to blame, which epitomizes the term “unsustainable.” It takes decades or even centuries to regenerate significant levels of soil.

Agriculture accounts for 70 percent of our fresh water use. When the soil is unfit, water is wasted – it washes right through the soil and past the plant’s root system. We already have a global water shortage that’s projected to worsen over the next 20 to 30 years, so this is the last thing we need. Soil degradation is projected to cause a 30 percent loss in food production over the next 20 to 50 years – while our global food demands are expected to increase by 50 percent over this span of time.

Read the full article here: Worms Produce Another Kind of Gold for Farmers

You MAY notice that the title of the article is almost identical to that of the New York Times article I wrote about recently (which I thought was a little puzzling) – but you can see that they’ve referred (and linked) to it as a source.

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    • bob costello
    • January 19, 2013

    Hi Bentley, nice article. So how would one go about getting in the movement?, or if one is already vermicomposting and raising worms, and doing organic gardening w/o chemicals and such, are they considered part of the movement?

    • Bentley
    • January 21, 2013

    LoL – I was mostly joking around, Bob.
    But yeah, you are definitely “IN” my friend!

    • Angela Murrell
    • March 1, 2013

    Where can you find the worm castings and the worm tea for sale at? Can it be purchased at your local nursery or odered on-line for people like I saw on the tv show growing a greener world?

    • Bentley
    • March 4, 2013

    Hi Angela,
    It will all depend on where you are located. Some regions have quite a few castings etc suppliers while others do not. My suggestion would be to try a search in Google for something like “castings, your city or region” (no need for the quotes, and obviously you will substitute in your action city or region. You should be able to determine pretty easily if there are vermicomposting businesses close by. You are welcome to post your location here as well and I can try to help you out.

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