david

Battling Child Malnutrition with

The project which started at Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium school, has tapped into knowledge that has the potential to change one of the most shameful maladies of humanity: mal-nutrition. We would like to pass this knowledge on so that it can reach those who truly need it. It may seem utopian, but it is completely realistic, as well as surprisingly inexpensive …

Read More »

Requirements and Equipment

Growing Premises A small yard, balcony or roof – partially shaded, A window sill will do as well. Growing Facilities Empty, clear, soft drink bottles (at least 1.5 litre, 2 litre is more common in africa) Pool or basin (only if establishing a center – see appendix 1, otherwise bottles are sufficient) Quantity of bottles and measurements of pool depend on …

Read More »

Lesson 1

A few words about Spirulina and about the project Spirulina is a micro-algae with extraordinary nutritional value. A very small amount can save a person from malnutrition. Our goal is that Spirulina will reach every hungry person in the world. In order to succeed we will teach you and then you will teach someone else who will also teach someone …

Read More »

Lesson 2

Preparing the culture medium Culture medium is repaired in a bottle according to the following recipe:     For 1 liter water add: 16g Sodium Bicarbonate (NaHCO3) 2g Potassium Nitrate (KNO3) 1g Sodium Chloride (NaCl) 0.1g Potassium Dihydrogenate Phosphate (KH2PO4) 0.1g Iron Sulfate (FeSO4) 0.1g Magnesium Sulfate (MgSO4) 2. Mix until all the ingredients are dissolved. 3. Examine ph level. When …

Read More »

Lesson 3

Growing Spirulina After adding Spirulina to the culture medium – Spirulina should be provided with the conditions it needs in order to grow:     The bottle containing the Spirulina should be placed in a lit area but not in direct sun light, especially during the first days, when the algae is still young.     Every few hours (2-4) the bottle …

Read More »

Lesson 4

Increasing the amount of Spirulina In order to consume Spirulina on a regular basis it needs to grow in quantity. In optimal growing conditions Spirulina multiplies itself every 24-48 hours. Every time Spirulina reaches stability and maturity (ph 10 and a dark liquid) – it is ready for multiplication.     The liquid containing the algae is divided between 2 bottles. …

Read More »

Lesson 5

Consuming Spirulina Spirulina can be consumed fresh – it is then at its nutritional best and is almost devoid of taste, or dried – a form that enables longer storage but has a distinct taste. In any case, the first step is separating the algae from the medium culture in which it lives.     A piece of cloth with high …

Read More »

Lesson 6

Conserving and maintaining the crop In order to increase the quantity of the Spirulina it is possible (but not necessary) to move the crop from bottles to pools. Any basin can be used for a pool – a bowl, a tub, a water resistant sheet of plastic. If the walls of the basin are transparent (as the bottles are) – …

Read More »