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Wonder Worm to the Rescue

Blakemore, Robert (2010) Wonder Worm to the Rescue. Our World 2.0 brought to you by the United Nations University, 2 July 2010, 2010, p. 1.

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“When the question is asked, ‘Can I build top-soil?’ the answer is ‘Yes’, and when the first question is followed by a second question, ‘How?’ the answer is ‘Feed earthworms’,” so wrote Eve Balfour in the introduction to Thomas J. Barrett’s book, Harnessing the Earthworm.
Indeed there are many instances of organic farms around the world preserving or restoring healthy soils. Organic farming has many approaches, with Rudolph Steiner’s biodynamics being one manifestation. All these solutions comfortably find a home under the wide umbrella of permaculture, as defined by Bill Mollison.
In conclusion, we should consider the humble earthworm who — as Aristotle, Buddha, Cleopatra and Darwin, amongst others, realized — works tirelessly night and day, unseen and almost totally under-appreciated for our benefit.

EPrint Type:Newspaper or magazine article
Keywords:Organic biodiversity earthworm ecology darwin permaculture
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Soil > Soil quality > Soil biology
Research affiliation: International Organizations > Other organizations
Deposited By: Blakemore, Dr Robert
ID Code:30001
Deposited On:26 Apr 2016 09:32
Last Modified:26 Apr 2016 09:32
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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