Of Worms and Smoking Cows

It’s not as if I don’t have too much to do already, but every so often I read stuff that’s just crying out to be blogged. Case in point is a story on AP yesterday, “Calif. encourages bringing worms to work.”

In case you’re not hell-bent to read said article, a quote: “Always on the cutting edge of all things environmental, California is encouraging public and private-sector employees to bring worms to work so that the creatures can chew up apple cores, sandwich scraps and other lunch leftovers and produce compost.”

Is it a good idea? Sure, why not? It’s composting in action. But what makes the story a worthy read is the enterprising reporter, who didn’t just phone it in:

“Over time, the caretakers have learned a thing or two about the worms’ preferences.

“Worms don’t like ranch dressing,” Hurst said.

They also seem to harbor a special dislike for bologna sandwiches, though any kind of dairy or meat product is problematic because of the smell, he added. Like other slender creatures, worms are also finicky about fatty foods and carbs, and eat bread only in moderation. Coffee grounds, on the other hand, and rotting fruit go over very well.”

In unrelated animal news: As predicted in a New York Times op-ed piece a solid 20 days before it happened, the E. Coli outbreak in U.S. spinach was traced to cow manure.

An AP story today includes a quote by Dr. Kevin Reilly, deputy director of the Prevention Services Division at the California Department of Health (smell a copy & paste there?).

“We continue to try to determine the connection between this finding and how the spinach on the field might have been contaminated,” Reilly said. “We do not have a smoking cow at this point now.”

I, for one, am eagerly awaiting news of the smoking cow.





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