Is newspaper safe for bedding?
I've had a couple of worm bins for about a year and a half. My boyfriend was concerned about using newspaper in the bins so I stopped using it. That was a disaster - the worms in one bin all died because it was too wet. So I am starting over with that bin.
My question is whether it is safe to use newspaper for bedding and on an ongoing basis for moisture control. He is concerned about dioxins or other chemicals used to make the newsprint and that we may ingest these if we eat vegetables grown with the castings/vermiculture. Does anyone have any info on this? Another question is about the safety of the inks. It is difficult to find newspaper pages that do not have some image printed in color and I don't know if these are safe for the worms or for us.
I use newspaper (and white paper like junk mail sometimes) because it is so readily available. I am also thinking about using leaves. Any other suggestions for bedding and moisture control?