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Worm farms are an amazing source of food for your plants, and an eco-friendly and sustainable way to deal with waste from your home.
There is however divided discussion about whether worm farms are vegan friendly, or if they are against that way of life.
Some people feel it is exploitative as you are using the labour of the animals, and in the management of the compost there will be some worms harmed, while others feel that as long as you create an environment that allows them to flourish and you take care not to harm them, it is vegan friendly.
But is the practice exploitation or symbiotic?
What does it mean to be vegan?
Veganism is a way of living that does not support or participate in all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing and any other purpose. They do not eat meat, dairy or any other product that contains any animal-based ingredients, such as honey.
They also do not use anything that is a byproduct of the animal trade such as leather, wool, silk and some colouring.
What are worm farms?
Vermiculture is the practice of feeding redworms food and compost waste. These worms naturally prefer compost rich environments and live in the upper levels of the soil so they can turn leaf litter and vegetation into rich soil. They also live together in large groups.
These are just two of the reasons they flourish in a worm farm.
Many people argue that worm wee is a byproduct of an animal, therefore it is simply not vegan friendly, while others believe that the worms are happy and as long as they are not harmed, worm farms are no worse than owning a pet.
As a pet owner you receive love and companionship, however from worms you benefit from nutrient rich fertiliser for your garden and home crop.
Worm farms are an essential part of keeping a sustainable garden and make a big impact in your environment footprint – however there are other ways to compost and feed your garden.
At the end of the day it is up to the individual to decide how they feel about keeping worms – with many vegan farmers mentioning their non-worm farms naturally ended up housing hundreds of worms.
Read our blog about simple ways you can start your own composting at home, and learn more about keeping your own sustainable and eco-friendly garden.