Nurturing people, plants and the planet is at the heart of what we do. We want to help build sustainable societies and cities that thrive in the face of adversity, and we believe the humble composting earthworm is a key player in tackling food waste and sustainable food production.
In the UK we send over 25 million tonnes of food waste to landfill every year, costing the economy (approximately £2.3 billion) and the earth. Food waste emits the powerful green house gases GHG Methane CH4 and Nitrous Oxide N2O that are 21 and 310 times stronger than Carbon Dioxide CO2, escalating the threat of climate change and undermining food security.
At The Urban Worm we see this food waste as a valuable resource waiting to be turned in to ‘Black Gold’, other wise known as worm castings or worm poop, the finest organic fertiliser known to man. Worm castings contain an abundance of minerals and nutrients essential for healthy plant growth and disease suppression, helping us grow our own without the use of costly synthetic fertilisers.