Kitchen waste is the most peculiar waste to manage in our day to day life activity, but Punjab college is growing mushrooms from those dirty kitchen waste.
Inspired by an initiative focusing on solid waste management at MCM DAV College for Women, the professors, along with students, cultivated species of mushrooms that not only utilized large quantities of waste but also empowered rural folk of Chandigarh.
The Chandigarh professors were spearheading the cause of farmers in Punjab and Haryana burning stubble after harvest. Each kilogram of hay burnt contributed to air pollution in several parts of Northern India. And so, they were hoping to utilize the stubble as fertilizer for mushrooms. From there on the idea striked and the cultivation of growing mushrooms by using kitchen waste started on.
Low on fat and carbohydrates, the edible fungi are high on proteins and fibre. They are also extremely good sources of micro nutrients like iron, zinc and magnesium. So now why hound the local markets for delicious mushrooms, start growing the same using kitchen waste.