Many experts believes that in few years, there will be shortage of food and the world will be covered by non-biodegradable trash or garbage. But fear no more! This new invention from a known Austrian design firm Livin Studio and researchers at Ultrecht University can surely handle the said problems.
The fungi that will be used have the unique property of being able to digest non-biodegradable materials. As the fungi break downs plastics, it releases the toxic properties of it. Meaning, when the fungi is matured enough to be eaten, they doesn't contain the toxic elements anymore. This makes the fungi totally safe and edible for human consumption.
The Fungi Mutarium can surely slow down, if not possibly solve, the food crisis as well as the garbage dilemma of the world.
Fungi Mutarium is a prototype that grows edible fungal biomass as a novel food product. Fungi is cultivated on specifically designed agar shapes that the designers called "FU". Agar is a seaweed based gelatin substitute and acts, mixed with starch and sugar, as a nutrient base for the fungi. The "FUs" are filled with plastics. The fungi is then inserted, it digests the plastic and overgrows the whole substrate. The shape of the "FU" is designed so that it holds the plastic and to offer the fungi a lot of surface to grow on.
Its shape has been developed inspired by mushrooms and other plants in nature. The user should be reminded of harvesting mushrooms in the forest when harvesting the "FUs".