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[greenyes] Another vote for worms

I view vermicomposting as a valuable tool for better organics management and Zero Waste. They were part of the key success of efforts to pursue Zero Waste at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa last year. Perhaps Muna Lakhani from Earth Life Africa can highlight in more detail the role they played in the Summit.

The Zero Emissions Research Institute (ZERI) also employs vermicomposting in many of its comprehensive Zero Waste initiatives (see

I also value Mary Applehof's incredible leadership in this field, and believe that all those on our listserve should learn more about vermicomposting options, and what Mary has to offer.


At 04:06 PM 04/22/2003 -0400, Jenny Gitlitz wrote:
I do not share (or understand) your frustration with vermicomposting.  I
adore worm composting.  I have moved with my worms three times, and I have
built countless differently-shaped and sized worm boxes.  I have taken them
to my daughter's school for show & tell, and I have lain awake at night more
than once wondering if something I did caused these critters to freeze or
asphyxiate in my backyard...  I have thrown  parties where I served food
from my worm-casting-nourished garden, and have invited my  neighbors to
build their own worm bins or give me their scraps. Many have obliged, and
have confessed that my enthusiasm for worms was infectious--as Mary's was to
me many years ago.

Worms are a wonderful, easy, harmless way for us to compost food waste, and
if anything, vermiculture should be expanded on a commercial scale.
According to EPA estimates, our nation landfilled or incinerated 25 million
tons of food waste in 2000.  That could have been turned into a lot of
nutrient-packed worm castings, useable in organic gardens and mainstream
farms, commercial landscaping, etc.  What a waste.

I think GreenYes is a perfect vehicle for dissemination of worm-related
education and lore.   My hat is off to Mary Applehof, or as I like to
affectionately refer to her, Mary Applecore.

on 4/21/03 6:31 PM, Amy Perlmutter at amyperl@no.address wrote:

> I love worm composting and think there should be lots more of it. I am
> always interested in hearing about resources and events to support it.
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>> Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2003 20:31:41 EDT
>> To: mappelho@no.address, greenyes@no.address
>> From: Greendog03@no.address
>> Subject: worms
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>> Dear Green-list,
>> I think it is rude of Mary Appelhoff to periodically send her
>> self-promotional worm rants through this list, especially when one member was
>> so concerned that people cut and copy and not hit the reply button to save
>> bandwidth.
>> I am very under-impressed with the whole vermi-composting and I do not want
>> any more e-mails about it.
>> Sincerely,
>> Nisrene
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Jennifer Gitlitz
Research Director, Container Recycling Institute

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