Monday, July 9, 2007

Teracycle's Worm Poop: Composting for Lazy People

While watching an hour or two of Live Earth and saw a presentation by Teracycle on their organic plant food that is made by feeding premium organic waste to millions of worms. The worm poo is liquified into plant food and bottled directly in used soda bottles.

At first I was a little skeptical, I mean everyone knows about feeding your household's organic waste to worms to produce rich, nutritious, free compost, right? But then I realized that even though I have friends who do this and even though I know how easy it is, I don't do it myself. Nor am I really motivated to start. (If you are, here's a website that will help you learn more about composting with worms.)

More food for thought (if not for worms), I have Miracle Gro in my cabinet which is a synthetic fertilizer with problems of its own sustainability-wise. Since we're gardening indoors in containers we don't need to worry about polluting groundwater necessarily, but urea is one of Miracle Gro's main ingredients and according to Wikipedia urea is produced commercially from synthetic ammonia and carbon dioxide and that the production process sometimes involves petroleum-based products. Maybe I'll get some for the Technology Garden. So hey, maybe compost for lazy people isn't such a bad idea after all.

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