Since we frequently get too far off track with our focus on the process of vermiculture, I want to redirect your attention to the basic reason for this effort, which is the subtitle of "Beyond Compost". A great need of our civilizations quest for sustainability is to convert our organic waste stream back into useful soil, instead of allowing it to end up in some landfill, river, or aquifer, etc.
Take a look at the work of Changing World Technologies, Inc. at
to get a look at how the oil we are pumping out of the ground (and into our oceans, sometimes) could actually be made from turkey guts, or more precisely, IS being made into oil and other complex hydrocarbons.
By now there should be nobody who thinks that fossil fuels are part of our future.