Getting worms delivered to your house is the new way to deal with food waste sustainably

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Photo credit: The Urban Worm
Photo credit: The Urban Worm

You've heard of home deliveries, clothing drop offs and food delivered straight to your door – but now the people over at The Urban Worm are planning to deliver live worms through people's letterboxes. It's part of their plan to #wormup Britain and improve organic waste and at-home composting in the UK, by turning people into worm farmers.

Funded by The National Lottery, the UWC (Urban Worm Community Interest Company) have 1,000 packs of tiger worms ready to be delivered to schools, community groups and households who want to take part.

To receive worms, simply apply on the website, then create your own worm farm using the video tutorials. After you've sent a picture of your DIY farm to the team, they will ship your wriggly friends.

Photo credit: The Urban Worm
Photo credit: The Urban Worm

So why do people need worms to degrade food waste at home?

An illustration on the UWC website states that rotting food waste releases greenhouse gases, including methane and nitrous oxide, which are "31 and 310 times stronger than carbon dioxide."

By feeding food waste to worms, it can be broken down naturally before it starts to emit harmful gases. In addition, the worms get lots of nutrients and their faceses can then be used as a chemical-free fertiliser in the garden.

The worm farm approach to household food waste and composting is easy, educational and well-suited to all households, including small space living, as the system is compact, indoor, low tech and low cost.

Photo credit: The Urban Worm
Photo credit: The Urban Worm

Anna De la Vega, UWC's managing director, says worms "just want to eat and mate," and that if you "give them enough food and space, they won’t try to escape."

According to Anna, worm farming could be the "ecological and economical solution for organic waste management and organic agriculture." She claims it is possible to "reverse global climate change within 10-15 years" by using the worm farming technique, and ditching manmade, synthetic pesticides.

According to her research, conventional, widely-used modern farming methods destroy the soil's microbiology. Employing worms as natural fertilisers on a large scale could replenish the "plant soluble nutrients" that have been removed.

The worm farmer scheme is off to a great start the National Lottery has promised to provide UWC with more funding if success continues after two years. So, could you be an at-home worm finder?

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