Earthworms And E. coli



For anyone starting or switching to organic gardening and is concerned about E.coli in manure fertilizers earthworms are best friends.

Tests at the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences reveal that the earthworm digestive system acts as a filter for some types of microorganisms. Salmonella and E. coli from animal wastes are broken down to harmless substances when vermicomposted. This means that the disease causing bacteria is also processed by the earthworms in the natural environment of a garden or field. The resulting compost is the best possible natural fertilizer for plants of all kinds.

MRSA and other bacteria are rapidly becoming antibiotic resistant. Antibiotics only increase the strength of the bacteria by forcing the bacteria to mutate into even more virulent forms.

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