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Tiny mealworms could be the answer to our plastic waste problem. A team of researchers from California's Stanford University and China's Beihang University have recently made a surprising discovery in a study that was published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology on September 30th. The scientists exposed 100 mealworms to Styrofoam and observed that every 24 hours, each wriggly worm-like insect managed to eat its way through 34 - 39 milligrams (about the size of a pill) of the plastic. What is more exciting is that the worms were able to digest it as if they were eating their regular diet. Half was converted into carbon dioxide, and the other half became biodegradable waste that is safe to use as fertilizer! To read more go to

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