Benjamin from Brothers Campfire here!
The other day, I wrote about the evils of earthworms according to the news.
CT Insider has them sighted on tops of buildings and bringing mercury and lead to the top of the soil, poisoning bird populations. While it acknowledges these white-banded worms cant jump, these fellas are like siege equipment, toppling New England walls. I am a wee bit cynical.
According to the article, there are no proven ways to stop them. However, the Connecticut Hammerhead Worm may be the answer. Whew… scary! Our hope is in the Connecticut Hammerhead worm!
Here is what I find strange.
China faces an earthworm wipeout by means of evil online electrical equipment that can easily be found online.
To facilitate the burgeoning harvesting industry, gadgets with names such as “Soil Dragon Machine” or “Earthworm Electrocuting Machine” have appeared on the market and cost anything between 100 and 800 yuan (US$15-US$120) online. An investigative report by state broadcaster CCTV found that some outlets had sold more than 100,000 such units.South China Morning Post
So, this national treasure that can be found in China’s fertile soils is being exploited, dried,and sold is facing a demise.
There are so many contradictory statements when you put it all together. In China they are a value in fertile soil. In the US, they are the scourge of the earth. There are few effective methods of control stateside, and Soil Dragon Machines are flying off the shelves in China.
I don’t get it.