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Sunday, 04 December 2005
Worm Plan to Boost Company


Caribbean Update

This worm plan intends to boost the economy.  Barbados plans to import worms in order to change the economic landscape for farmers and also bring sprawling, toxin-filled landfills under control, reports The Nation (Aug. 3, 2005):

In Canada and the U.S., worms have changed the face of landfills, removed toxic heavy metal waste products that threatened an entire community, and helped to purify contaminated water systems. In China, they have provided the medical community with unique treatments for asthma, coronary disease and burns. Now, hopes are running high that they will be able to settle in Barbados where a declining sugar industry is threatening the island's economy, and where the need to improve barren agricultural soil to obtain better and larger crop yields, is more urgent than ever;

"We're talking about the California Red Earthworm and vermiculture," said Arlington Chesney, Caribbean regional director for the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA). Through vermiculture, which is the process of using worms to decompose organic wastes, a whole range of products can be produced, including vermicast and vermicompost.

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