THE MICROBIAL HOME
chop veges, lob the trimmings into the bio-digester. use the resulting methane produced in the digester to cook the veges. Remove the rich compost from the digester and scatter in the vegetable garden. The sheer cyclic beauty of the ‘microbial home’ must surely guarantee its success. Still just a twinkle in the eye, this modern kitchen is the work of the design folks at Philips. The kitchen has been described as a cradle-to-grave-to-cradle food production system. The food waste which goes into the bio-digester is quickly broken down by specialised bacteria processes into methane gas, which is used to power the cooking. The connected “larder” includes a suspended vegetable garden and a terra cotta evaporative cooling unit built into the table, providing an alternative to energyintensive refrigeration. Other elements of the Microbial Home include a beehive, a light powered by bioluminescent bacteria and a toilet that captures excretions for the methane digester. There’s even a hand-cranked contraption for recycling plastic.