Monday, 22 August 2011

Gardening.. on your desk!

My chilli plants from last year - had to be moved away from my desk as they got a bit too big - the importance of pruning to desktop gardening!

Even though my mum denies it, I'm convinced everyone has a slight love for gardening within them - even if it is hidden under layers of reasons e.g. getting soil under your nails.

For me, watching a plant grow which you're nurturing all by yourself is a great feeling. More so, picking the fruits of your labour is even more satisfying (provided what you do grow actually produces something you can pick!)

I made this blog to share with you my past and current stories of whatever I'm growing, as well as providing tips on what and how to grow.. on your desk. I'm in no way a successful gardener, but I do believe that gardening isn't exclusive to just the outdoors - especially for those of us who may be too lazy / whatever else the reason. Don't get me wrong, all gardeners are of course welcome, but this is more of a hobby than anything else - it's definitely a satisfying one though!

Any gardeners out there? What are you growing?

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Poop Burgers - The Future?

I came across this article around two months ago and my thoughts about it were mixed. The link to the full article is below, but just to quickly sum it up in two -

A researcher in Japan was approached by the Tokyo Sewage Company with a concern - they had way too much sewage and wanted a solution to its removal.

Cutting a long story short, the researcher analysed the sewage and found it contained large amounts of protein. The solution?

He extracted all of the protein, treated it at a very high temperature to kill any bacteria and then added some food colouring and soy protein to make it look and taste like real meat.

Whether this story is a joke or not, that's a decision for you to make. But even if it were a joke, the concepts of sustainability and recycling is being increasingly compounded into our lives as each day takes us further into the future. You may be thinking, recycling human faeces.. way too far! .. but many ideas that were once seen as ridiculous have now been accepted as the norm.

If this meat, made from our faeces, suddenly appeared in your local supermarket, would you purchase it? More so, would you eat it?

I personally would, being someone who is curious, but even if it were identical to real meat, the psychological barrier would probably halt its full acceptance onto our dinner plates - if turning faeces into meat is indeed possible!

If you'd like to read the article, click here