29 Sep '15, 1pm

A cacti solution to California's water shortage: @EcoBldgPulse

utilizes the Nopal Cactus, or commonly referred to as the prickly pear, to offer a solution to California’s issues with water shortage. The drought tolerant plant is suitable for both human and animal consumption. The pulp of the plant can also separate suspended molecules in water and clean up heavy metals dissolved in the liquid, acting as a natural filtration system . Such an application could be adapted to improve existing wastewater management system. In Chen’s proposal, the crop will be divided into two uses: one for harvesting and distribution for human consumption, and the other for hand-processing into food​ for U.S. exporting.

Full article: http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/projects/grassroots-cacti...

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