A paper came out recently showing the common mealworms could eat, survive on and break down styrofoam. I decided to test this with a different species to see if this is something more insects could do. And sure enough they can! Could be a great way to deal with our plastics, feed them to the bugs!
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The mealworm, which is the larvae form of the darkling beetle, can survive on a diet of Styrofoam according to two companion studies co-authored by Wei-Min Wu, a senior research engineer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford.
Upon reading these studies, The Thought Emporium decided to run an experiment with a different species to see if this is something more insects could do — and sure enough they can!
May feeding plastic waste to bugs be an environment friendly solution to cope with our mounting waste in landfills?Could feeding plastic waste to bugs be an efficient way to deal with our mounting waste in landfills?