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Why vermicomposting (and not something else)?

When we identify a problem the common sense requires from us to solve it or leave it. If we leave it, we might have to look at it later. But later implies changes, sometimes good but quite often not.

Should we decide to solve it, how good will the solution be? Will it create other problems or reinforce existing one? Will it waste other resources through its implementation? A holistic view of the entire system is required, but difficult to achieve. In environmental science – like in many other scientific branches – a misinterpretation of scientific data, a blind spot, a cognitive bias is not uncommon. Science isn’t infallible, for it is man-made.

Vermicomposting is not a possible solution to organic waste management issues. It definitely qualifies, but it is much more than that. And all the benefits we can acquire from it have a direct impact upon us. Not only the previously mentioned food quality, but also the increase of biodiversity and pollinating insects in rural areas (less pesticides). How will we ever be able to quantify the increase in water quality, with less fertilizers and other chemicals flowing into the Baltic sea? What about the air? It's all resolving to us.

“The changes most difficult to see are those we can witness every day.”
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What is vermicomposting and why does it matter?

Vermicomposting is biotechnology in it's probably oldest and most natural form - it's a process where matter (green waste, manure, paper) is transformed to something new (worm compost), something that is more then the sum of its parts, by using a microorganism (worms) to effect a change.

It matters, not because biomass is ,per se, a problem (although it might be, in certain cases), but because we do. Let's clarify. Biomass will degrade, decompose, decay, produce gasses - regardless of how we treat it. Neither is the quantity relevant. So what does this have to do with us, an environmentally awakening society? We are stopping to landfill, we compost, produce bio-gas, install solar panels, recycle plastic. Is the “how” relevant?

Consider the old and frequently abused "You are what you eat" - not only philosophically but also chemically true. Worms eat, excuse me... you guessed it. But to be frank, our food has always been growing in their “leftovers”. Giving and taking. Since we also are what we eat, the quality – in terms of nutrient contents – of the food we grow has an important influence upon us.

But quality food only grows in healthy a micro-biologically diverse soils. Extensively cultivated soils are deadly sick patients:
we'll get them through, with enough "medicine". We all see what is on top, but have no idea of what lies below. We don't see the forest for the trees - in Finland we can understand this also literally.

Vermicompost is one of those wonders from nature that we get for nothing almost nothing and that works for almost everything - honey anyone? To mistreated soils it is like a injection of life, water for the thirsty.

So yes, vermicomposting matters for us - after all we have the worms in
our company name. What about you? What about you?

#biotechnology #nutrients #biomass #recycling #soil #nordicworming
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Kuka haluaa löytää eron? Who will find the difference? #nordicworming #matokompostointi
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Sain kopion eilen. :-) Kiitos Pasi Lehtiselle (+Suomen Yrittäjät) artikkelista ja Juha Tanhua ( https://juhatanhua.kuvat.fi/ ) kuvasta!
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Got my copy yesterday. :-) Thanks to Pasi Lehtinen for the article and to Juha Tanhua for the picture!
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Tiesitkö ettei madoilla ole hampaita? Ne syövätkin pääosin jätteiden hajottajamikrobeja, eivätkä niinkään jätettä itsesään.
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Voisivatko madot olla ratkaisu maailman väestönkasvuun liittyvissä ongelmissa? Tässä mielenkiintoinen artikkeli aiheesta, ja ote artikkelista vapaasti suomennettuna:

"Maailmanlaajuinen ruuantuotantomme on kohtaamassa ennennäkemättömiä haasteita siinä, miten ruokkia nopeasti kasvava väestö samanaikaisesti, kun ympäristövaikutuksia tulisi vähentää. Ei ole vielä selvää, voidaanko tällainen "kestävä tehostaminen" saavuttaa.
Erityisesti laajasti on keskusteltu kysymyksestä, mikä määrittää tuottoeron maatalouden kestävien muotojen ja tavanomaisen maatalouden välillä, ja miten se ero saadaan poistettua.

Lieroja pidetään yleensä välttämättöminä kestäville maatalousekosysteemeille. Ne ovat tärkeimpiä maaperän eliöitä, ja ne ovat ”ekosysteemisiä insinöörejä” monien ekosysteemipalvelujen kannalta joita maaperä tarjoaa, kuten ravinteiden kierto, kuivatus ja kasvihuonekaasupäästöjen säätely. Joka tapauksessa etusijalle maataloudessa voi tulla kastematojen oletettu kyky stimuloida viljelykasvien kasvua. Tämä kyky oli otettu esille keskusteluun jo ennen keinolannoitteita ja koneiden käyttöä, oikotienä kohti korkeampaa kasvintuotantoa"

https://www.nature.com/articles/srep06365
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