Mealworms Might Be The Solution to Growing Landfills

An unlikely hero has been identified in the fight against the world’s growing landfill problem. As it turns out, mealworms (the crawly larvae found in many science classrooms) can safely and effectively digest styrofoam—the pervasive takeout container material found in countless restaurants. The discovery comes as a surprise to scientists, many of whom are now optimistic that a marine version of the mealworm exists—possibly leading to an environmentally friendly way to curb the large quantities of plastics in our oceans.