Guerric Kendall wrote:But how are you planning on getting them to eat it?
Todd Parr wrote:I have no scientific (or other) evidence for my stance, but I can tell you that I raise large numbers of mealworms to feed other animals and no way I'm feeding mine styrofoam. I have a special mix of food I feed mine on because I want to ensure that they have those nutrients available for the animals that eat them. I look at it like this. Suppose I could eat glass. My system could break it down and use it with no problems. I can't believe I would get any nutritional value from it, and I can't believe that styrofoam has any nutritional value either. Even if they can break it down into completely, 100% inert ingredients, which it doesn't sound like to me, I don't think they can be getting any nutritional value from it. At best, you are using mealworms to break down the styrofoam at their expense, and passing the mealworms without nutritional value to the animal down the food chain.
Guerric Kendall wrote:... But how are you planning on getting them to eat it? Having raised mealworms in styrofoam containers, without them ever damaging it, I think asking whether it renders them inedible is getting ahead of ourselves here. I've seen this come up from time to time as in this thread here, but have yet to actually see anybody get them to eat it.