Portugal: Urban farmer sprouting mushrooms from coffee waste

In partnership with Media City, Qatar. It wasn't a love for coffee or mushrooms that motivated Natan Jacquemin to become an urban farmer; rather, it was the care and concern for the environment.

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The humble mushroom has undergone a dramatic shift of late, from first being considered an exotic food ingredient to being used in medicine. In recent years, they have become mainstream due to their nutritional value. Because mushrooms are easy to grow, they are also considered environmentally sustainable. Nitrogen, protein, fats, lignin, starch, and sugar are essential nutrients needed to grow mushrooms, which makes nutrient-rich coffee grounds an ideal breeding environment.

When Natan Jacquemin learned this, he got straight to work. "I just started collecting coffee waste in the city center of Lisbon," Natan says.

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