Mushrooms can be grown at home and provide independent nutritional nourishment for anyone. To give citizens more control over their own food supply, Turkey-based humanitarian nonprofit Ghiras Al Nahda believes that mushrooms are a solution. In 2014, the organisation partnered up with scientists at the Nwat Centre for Scientific Studies to begin developing mushroom growing kits that families could use to plant at home and keep hunger at bay. After 3 years of research, the NGO distributed 3,200 kilograms of mushrooms to the local community in besieged Eastern Al Ghouta, an area on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus.
Mushrooms are cheap and can be easily cultivated at home with the help of substrate materials that can be found outside, such as wood, straw and leaves. All types of edible mushrooms contain varying amounts of protein and fibre, as well as important nutrients such as B vitamins and selenium, an antioxidant that supports the immune system and prevents cell damage. Continue reading here.
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