Scientists Grow Mushrooms in Dirty Diapers

Mushrooms could cut disposable diaper waste by 80 percent, researchers say.

September 04, 2014— -- Mexican scientists say edible fungus grown in dirty diapers could cut nappy waste by more than 80 percent.

The researchers from Autonomous Metropolitan University in Azcapotzalco, Mexico, ground up wet diapers that had been sterilized and blended them with coffee grounds and other organic waste. The then added fungus spores and fertilizer to the diaper mixture.

The concoction was wrapped up in plastic bags and placed in a cool, damp room. Three months later, mushrooms had bloomed and the cellulose from the diapers had nearly disappeared, the researchers said in a statement posted on the university’s website.

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Call these diaper delicacies butt-on mushrooms or porta-below if you must. But the environmental nightmare created by disposable diapers is no joke.

Though lead researcher Rosa María Espinosa Valdemar and her team did sample the fungus, she stressed it’s not intended for human consumption.

“The main objective is to get rid of diapers to avoid damaging the environment more,” she explained in the statement. “However, the mushrooms could be used as food supplement for cattle.”

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