EVERYONE. I have just had my mind blown. I just purchased the book "Earthworms of the Great Lakes" written by a professor at a local university. I'm only a few pages in, but have already learned that there are no native worm species in Northern North America and introduced worms are having really detrimental impact on local hardwood forests by drastically changing the soil. We always talk about how worms benefit human influenced systems like gardens and farms, but are we having a conversation in the permie community about the potential detrimental impacts on our native wild ecosystems?
Here's is a radio segment on this if you're interested:
So, given this new information I have learned, I have two big questions for the community:
What's the best way to compost if we avoid using worms? Or do we as community think it is acceptable to keep using Asian composting worms; and if yes, how can we do our best Earth Care and keep worms from spreading in wild ecosystems?
How can we as a community constantly be critical of our practices to be certain we are using the most responsible strategies? How do do we update ourselves and use modern research?
I would love to hear your thoughts.