Time for a complete change of subject when it comes to Dubai. You won’t read a word here about palm tree islands and financial dreams gone awry. This is Bokashiworld!
So it turns out that in Dubai there’s a couple of commited women starting up a Bokashi business. Changing the way people see their rubbish and doing something good with their foodwaste so it gets back into the soil. You only need to think about it for a couple of seconds to realise that Dubai is one place that must be screaming out for soil improvement. You don’t get that far trying to grow vegetables or have a nice flower garden when you come up with shovelload after shovelload of sand. It’s probably a very nice antidote to the island’s consumerism too.
Janine Sheard and Jo Marengo are the women behind Bokashi in Dubai. They’re enthusiastic and determined to make a difference . But one thing they didn’t mention in the article in Gulf News which Janine mentioned in a mail was their climate battle — not something you’d think about normally. Dubai temperatures of up around 45 degrees C is more than Bokashi can deal with, so the process has to be handled indoors under air conditioning. But I imagine the in-soil process goes incredibly fast and the transformation must be quite wonderful to see. Anyone out there testing this in a hot sandy place like Dubai please let us know how you get on!
I have to admit it all seems quite surreal to me as I sit here freezing in my office surrounded by a snap-frozen frosty landscape and temperatures down around -9 degrees. Dreaming of sun, sand and palm trees…