Mexican Students Create Agricultural Biodegradable DeviceBy MBN Staff | Thu, 12/17/2020 - 11:20
Three Mexican students from Tecnológico de Monterrey created a biodegradable device made from food waste that functions as "the soil in traditional agriculture.” The goal is to practice vertical agriculture within large cities, Tecno Agro reported this week. Monserrath Martínez, Annie Rosas, Daniela Sánches and Arena Serrano are the creators of MADU, which works with a hydroponic technique and allows the harvesting of lettuce, strawberries or cucumbers, among other foods.
"We take the food waste and turn it into a biodegradable film that performs the land-work in traditional agriculture," said Arena. This allows us to bring food production into a vertical urban environment. "Bioplastic is made from food waste. Our raw material is waste, which is the leftover from this huge agricultural industry,” she added. According to the UN, about 70 percent of people will be living in cities by 2050. "World hunger is not necessarily a lack of food but a lack of logistics. So having these food factories in the city can reduce the problem," explained Monserrath Martínez.
Due to the pandemic, students could not access the laboratories to develop the device and had to do it at home with the materials they had available. In the medium term, however, they plan to raise capital and participate in various calls for social ventures in 2021.
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