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Soka Gakkai Malaysia Sponsors Lecture on Sustainable Uses for Raw Garbage

080930x_sgm_enviro_lec.jpg Mr. Lee lectures on garbage enzyme

On September 30, 2008, a lecture titled "Saving Earth Through the Garbage Enzyme" by Lee Wei Meng of the Naturopathic Family Care Centre drew 100 people to the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Penang Culture Center. Mr. Lee spoke about the possibilities of converting raw garbage into a "garbage enzyme" that is the basis for useful products that can help reduce environmental pollution. Explaining that producing garbage enzyme generates ground-level ozone that has anti-global warming effects if done on a large scale, Mr. Lee encouraged the audience to participate in this project and do their part to create and sustain a healthy, hospitable planet.

He explained that garbage enzyme is a complex solution produced by fermenting fresh kitchen waste (plant material) by combining it with brown sugar or molasses and water in an air-tight container for three months. The enzyme that is created has a wide range of uses, covering household, farming and animal husbandry. For example, garbage enzyme can reduce chemical residue when added to shampoo and detergents. It also enhances soil fertility and supports plant growth. A diluted solution of garbage enzyme and water can also be used as a natural household cleaner, for washing vegetables and mopping the floor and even as a natural antiseptic, due to its anti-bacterial properties.

SGM sponsored a lecture on the same topic by Dr. Joean Oon of the Naturopathic Family Care Centre in July 2008. Dr. Oon is a student of Dr. Rosukon Poompanvong of Thailand, the developer of garbage enzyme.

[Adapted from an article in the December 2008 issue of Cosmic, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM); photo courtesy of SGM]