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How mattresses could solve hunger - BBC News

How mattresses could solve hunger - BBC News
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a warehouse full and it was who we don't know what to do with these nothing gets thrown away satury refugee camp in Jordan about 80,000 people live here this is essentially a city that sprung up in a very short period of time the area they are so small and the soil is so salty and we have not enough water it's all about giving people the ability and the resources to be able to grow food it turns out that what they thought was a problem on

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how mattresses could solve hunger   bbc news
was the way to make everybody their own garden in the refugee camp polyurethane foam

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from Tony Ryan I'm a chemistry professor at the University of Sheffield they've got to be disposed off somehow there was no disposal mechanism and I decide a PhD student working on how to grow things in polyurethane foam so I sent the most excited text message home I know exactly what we can do we're gonna be able to grow stuff all over we'll be able to turn these beds into Green beds
and everyone can have their own garden I've been to a landfill site and seen a tomato plant growing on an old sofa yeah yeah yeah and that's why I knew it at work say we are underneath the Kappa at the University of Sheffield there's some foam in a box where we can make any atmospheric condition and any temperature any weather the local farmers have taught us so much about how to grow things hydroponic lip the firm just holds the plant of bright so you make the water do the work all
the other functions of the soil come from the nutrients in the water you can use 20% of the water that you'd take to grow something in the ground because the waters not running away it's being kept where it's needed the challenge is if you're a farmer that's used to growing things in soil bring us to grow things in forms a big ask hey it was taken up by a bur was him and he made it work he then became the ultimate advocate because he is a Syrian farmer and the other Syrian
farmers believed him Wow he's taking us for the hydroponics my mom is it on my end they call you the green hands man can you tell me why that is good buzzer aah we handle nerve y its middle gifts annotations a banner below what the camera can be enough authority issues any out there let me in on the horn Adam who I am Who I am Basava Padgett left a doctor my attorney Wow Charlie and Sarah I'll marry an imbecile to them man ma receptor how many the only in the calm I just talked to you at
how mattresses could solve hunger   bbc news
Lahore knee Annie why I should have I don't under mode you do me Miami's happen it's like a base this is one of it just one of the plants and was whole I don't even know how many are here hundreds and all coffee cook bit of foam there's the old mattress and that just pops in there so it can get all its nutrients it's amazing everything's recycled my name is Moira Lana Ania I'm here for University of shivered refugees today we're going to teach a new group of
people about the hydroponic and we're going to apply the thing with them so they can know how to perfectly of light at home have you seen people responded to when you bring up an old lady who spent her whole life and farming in the soil hard to convince them that this idea do really exist but now when they see they become so excited to try it by a thumbs up everybody gets a kind of a starter kit and they take it back it's spreading so fast and everybody is getting so interested they used
to farm a lot back in Syria and they are looking forward to have it again labissiere around Israel aha the anything else I texted what's your favorite things about this project having the old ladies for happy for having their home the green again and feeling so comfort comfortable teaching something new for the new generation to have their sustainability in the future in case anything bad happens more than a thousand people have learned this technique now so we just on our way to meet
someone who is now growing for you to hydroponically in his home I'm buddy bottles I might be my face off very good to meet you it sounds like the garden has made this more of a real home is that is that fair to say how much pleasure do you take from from the actual growing of flowers and vegetables I never miss beyond what they call me yearning for a guy named almond sateen that the source I think let me massage hot - it's a facade three very colorful oh wow your home is full of lovely
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green things looking it's beautiful it's I mean it's a full garden oh my and he don't like we've learned as much back in Sheffield in our research from what's been happening here as the people here we've learned from us we just kind of gave them one thing and then they've made it flower forgive the pun it's are so many things that have benefited all the research we do we'll be taking learnings from here that in a suboptimal environment to optimize for high
yield and low water use and low nutrient use and low energy use do you mean what's being done here with old

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be kind of an innovative step for urban agriculture around the world yeah and if you can if you can make it work here you can make it work I think there's a lot that anybody that lives in an urban environment can learn from this project it's all about taking value from things that can be reused and recycled and making me absolute most out of a very limited
space and really limited resources and as urban environments face and changing climate and those limited resources in the future that's a reality that we're all gonna have to face so this this is lunch in factory that salad was all grown in the hydroponic garden you were OB a prof how important is this work and in the context of that whole career I think when every time and I look back on one done the thing that will stay with me most is this I've done all sorts of things in my life
I've worked on synchrotrons neutron scattering facilities have been in CERN but the thing that I think I will treasure for the rest of my life is the difference we've been able to make to people's lives with a tiny little bit of science and a whole lot of local ingenuity