Worms Are Not Just Fish Bait

by Elizabeth Trinh July. 12, 2016 786 views

I had not heard about composting before attending Stanford University. In fact, in many schools in Georgia, which is where I am from, children are not taught to reduce, reuse, and recycle until late into middle school. Even then, there are often not options to compost and recycle. In addition, many public and private spaces do not have composting and recycling bins. When I go to the malls in Georgia, I almost always buy a water bottle. Sometimes, when I have lunch in the food courts, the merchants give a Styrofoam cup filled with water to me. Unfortunately, malls in Georgia do not have recycling or compost options, and I always struggle internally before I throw a bottle or a cup in a trashcan because I know that the bottle or cup will eventually end up in a landfill or in the ocean. In this photo, the green building contains many worms that help to decompose different materials. Worms are creatures that human traditionally look down on as "gross," but worms provide services that are essential to humans.

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