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Diet of worms

The Irish Times reports that worms have an economic value of €700 million.


A new department of the environment report claims that earthworms are worth €700 million per annum for the "services" it provides, writes Frank McDonald.


These include removing dead matter and releasing nutrients back to the soil. As Charles Darwin wrote: "It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organised creatures".



The department's 197-page report, Benefits and Costs of Biodiversity in Ireland , calculates that its marginal value is worth at least €2.6 billion per annum - much more than the costs involved in maintaining it for the benefit of society, including human health and well-being.


Last modified on Tuesday, 13 May 2008 13:53