My first post!
I no longer buy the "worms are vegans" line. No only can break down dead insects and such, they can break down meat, cheese, whatever.
The problem is, these things are stinky when they rot, attract flies and rodents, and can be a source of pathogens like E. coli if they are raw.
We are meat eaters, the wife and I. And cheese eaters. And we eat tons of aliums and spicy food. We often make too much and don't get around to eating it.
I had heard of bokashi, and thought "that sounds great! I can keep 90% of my food waste out of the waste stream, not to mention hairballs from the shower drain." So I ordered a bucket, some EM-1, and got a big bag of bran from agway. About half way through filling up the bucket, it dawned on me that I had nowhere to put the pickled trash! Ack! I don't have property at home, and while the veggie plot alone at my communal (not community, well it is, but it's really communal - no plots) is 75 by 75, we have some members who are ethical vegans and I want to respect that.
So I asked myself, "do worms like bokashi?". I started by feeding a bit of bokashi bran, to see if they tolerate it. They do not tolerate it. They roll around in it like sex crazed wiggly things, and seem so engrossed that they react to light about half as fast. It went from barren at the surface, to a pile of spaghetti in 2 days. The bran did not last.
Next, I tried feeding a bit of finished bokashi "compost" (it really is compost if you check you etymology instead of gardening experts) to the worms, and I knew the top layer was loaded with garlic. Same reaction - accelerated eating and copulation, and more worms at the surface.
Last of all, I tried slices of cooked pork loin. Again, no stink, no avoidance by the worms, no problem. Except - bokashi seems to produce a lot more heat than raw foods. Maybe it's the protein? Right now I am using that heat to keep the bin rolling along despite the very low ambient temps. But in the spring, I will have to be careful to feed small amounts every day.
Oh, I use coco reconstituted in EM-1 for bedding. At first I liked it, then hated it, and now I am loving/hating it. On the one hand you can run a lot more trash through the bin with the same amount of bedding(a flow through bag) and just keep feeding it back up top. On the other hand, it doesnt break down, so you have coco in your castings. So from a recycling point of view it is better, but for compost production it sucks.
there.... my first post!