Mealworms Eat and Safely Recycle Styrofoam – BioSoil Farm
We first discovered this fact on a farm when mealworms housed in Styrofoam ate through the container and nearly escaped! I decided to test this out. I bought 100 meal worms and placed them in one of our worm habitats and they lived on Styrofoam alone for several life cycles.
I posted this on facebook just as a matter of interest and several of my friends starting sending me videos and articles that confirmed scientifically what I had discovered anecdotally.
Worms – at least the worms on our farm – take time to acclimate to a new diet and a sudden change in their diet can cause them stress or death. (My dad is the same way….) I don’t know if the Stanford Study first acclimated their worms or just abruptly changed their diet. I will study to see if meal worms do better when acclimated like earthworms or if their diet can be abruptly changed without causing health problems or death.
I also know that mealworms activity and I presume their daily consumption are very temperature dependent. Another of our early studies will be to see if temperature affects the amount of Styrofoam they can eat per day.
Once we have determined the ideal conditions for the mealworms to consume the most Styrofoam possible, we will layout the foundation of a longer study with as many as 500,000 mealworms.
We will do as much work as we can generate community support for. If you would like to offset your personal styrofoam use or help fund our study, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/23qen4ut