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Posted on 02/14/2020 23:04:00
YourStory carried an article on "How a biotech engineer is growing spirulina in his backyard to support malnourished children and women". It talks about how for five years now, Mahesh RV, an engineering graduate from Bengaluru has been providing nourishment to underprivileged and malnourished children. As a student at PESIT, Bengaluru, Mahesh was disturbed by the condition of undernourished children. This concern led to the idea of growing spirulina, a dietary supplement for these children and help them with the necessary nutrition supply.

Today, the 26-year-old Tumakuru resident is into full-time cultivation of the super food. He undertook the venture at the age of 21 after realizing that India, on one hand is the world’s leading exporter of spirulina, while battling malnutrition on the other.

“I have always felt that the educated should take up the responsibility of solving the country’s pressing problems. After understanding the ill-effects of malnutrition and its long-term implications on one’s IQ and mental ability, I decided to dedicate my life to fight the menace,” Mahesh told The Times Of India. “I knew that spirulina has proven scientific benefits and a miraculous ability to fight malnutrition. One gram of spirulina granules is equivalent to 1kg of fruits and vegetables,” he added.


Making a difference

Posted on 11/17/2019 23:01:00
Meet Mahesh, An Engineer From Karnataka Who Is Helping 1.5 Lakh Children Fight Malnutrition. The budding engineer said, “I wanted to do my dissertation in forensic science, and while researching the topics I came across the issue of malnourishment. Back in 2009, the headlines said that 42 percent of all children in India was malnutritioned which was a national shame. It was very disturbing since it was a silent killer and not everyone was aware of it.”

At that time, Mahesh found about blue-green algae called Spirulina that is often recommended as a dietary supplement to cover malnutrition. He says, “As per the World Health Organisation, even though micronutrients are needed in minuscule proportion they play a magical role and their absence is disastrous.”

To understand this process further, Mahesh took up the research opportunity with Mysuru premier food research institute, Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI). During his research, Mahesh found out that the nutrients provided by 1 gram of spirulina are equivalent to 1 kilo of fruits and vegetables which is why it is also given to astronauts in space stations.

Read all about how he decided to use this information to start Spirulina Foundation to combat malnutrition - https://metrosaga.com/mahesh-malnutrition/

He grows spirulina in Bengaluru's backyard to fight malnutrition

Posted on 09/28/2019 22:56:00
As a student at PESIT, Bengaluru, Mahesh was disturbed by the condition of the undernourished kids. his concern gave birth to the unconventional entrepreneurial idea of growing spirulina, a dietry supplement. Today the 26-year-old Tumakuru resident is into full-time cultivation of the super food. He undertook the venture at the age of 21 after realizing that despire being one of the largest exporter of spirulina for over a decade, India was still battling malnutrition.

Karnataka Man Grows Superfood In Backyard, Helps 1.5 Lakh Kids Fight Malnutrition!

Posted on 08/29/2019 22:51:00
Acute poverty, illiteracy, underage marriages, inadequate healthcare in remote areas, lack of awareness about hygiene and sanitation as well as lack of access to nutritious food are some of the major reasons for malnourishment in India. To correct this, Mahesh RV, a Biotech Engineer from Karnataka is growing spirulina, a green superfood packed with nutrients, in his backyard. back in 2009 he bagged a research opportunity with the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) in Mysuru which is one of the premier food research institutes. At the end of his studies, Mahesh launched his organisation ‘Spirulina Foundation’, and started growing spirulina in his backyard.

Read all about how Mahesh and the Spirulina Foundation are tacking malnutrition using Spirulina at https://www.thebetterindia.com/182512/karnataka-man-superfood-spirulina-farm-fight-malnutrition-children-india/

The Spirulina Foundation

Posted on 08/13/2019 22:47:00
Spirulina Foundation is a brain child of Mr Mahesh R V, he has been at the helm of it and has been fighting malnutrition through this organisation for the past 5 years. He is instrumental in inspiring employees and volunteers who form the blood and flesh of Spirulina Foundation. Mahesh holds a degree in Bachelors of Engineering in Bio-Technology from PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore. Mahesh also has a strong inclination towards research and development and has presented many technical papers and posters at national and international conferences. He has also worked on projects such as Earth worm ceolomic fluid extraction and it’s fibrinolytic activity assay, Biodiesel from algae and Organic Spirulina cultivation from natural waste sources.

About the organization 
The Good Country Index tries to measure what each country on Earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away. India ranks 81st in this index, and the glaring outlier is the sub-ranking of prosperity and equality, where we rank a low 116. Malnutrition is a highly visible illustration of this situation, in a country where so much food is consumed. India has an exceptionally high level of malnutrition (2 out of every 3 malnourished kids on the earth is an Indian, Nearly 50% of India’s kids below 5 years is malnourished). This partcular foundation firmly believes that the answer to these problems is Spirulina. Spirulina is globally accepted and used as a key tool against malnutrition by United Nations and Worls Health Organisation.

Work in progress
Spirulina Foundation actively conducts malnutrition drives in collaboration with corporate organizations, thus helping to achieve both social good and mandatory (and obligatory) requirements of Corporate Social Responsibility. Some recent initiaves have been malnutrition drives in Sandur, Karnataka in association with JSW, a drive near DJ Halli (which is ironically a slum located near Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore), and relief work inn Uttarakhand (in the floods of 2013). Spirulina Foundation has also been chosen to be part of Prime Minister Modi’s “sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana” for a village in Gubbi, Tumkur where they will be working in association with Scania. Spirulina Foundation offers a comprehensive, synergy solution for corporates.

Spirulina for malnutrition

Posted on 07/30/2019 22:42:00
Spirulina is a microscopic fresh-water plant rich in nutrients, protein, and enzymes. It is low in calories and saturated fat and is one of the only non-mucous, non-acid forming high protein food, which NASA has also included as space diet for astronauts. While the benefits of spirulina are well known, what is not so commonly known is its ability to help tackle malnutrition. According to UNICEF, over 60 per cent of children below the age of four in India are malnourished and one in every three malnourished children in the world live in India. 

Can we tackle the malnutrition problem in India using the super food? Read - more https://www.outlookindia.com/newswire/story/spirulina-may-help-tackle-indias-malnutrition-experts/758915

Benefits of Spirulina

Posted on 07/24/2019 13:33:00
The benefits of Spirulina are well accepted the world over. In fact, Healthline - a respected publisher of health articles and journals carried an article on it where they talk about the various benefits of spirulina.
They specifically mention that Spirulina Is Extremely High in Many Nutrients and it can act as a Powerful Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Properties. It can also Can Lower “Bad” LDL and Triglyceride Levels. Its no wonder that Spirulina is among the world’s most popular supplements.

What is Spirulina?

Posted on 07/12/2019 22:24:00
Spirulina is a Natural Superfood that will boost your health.

Technically Spirulina is a blue-green algae found in oceans and salty lakes. The wholesome food supplement rarely, if ever, seen in a single food contains very high protein, is rich in beta carotene and iron and has high levels of the phytonutrients. Due to our hectic lifestyle, we don’t focus much on our self and forget the most important element- energize our body.
 
Even if you are eating a plateful, the nutrition might not be sufficient. The insufficient nutrition results in fatigue, lack of concentration, lifestyle diseases, and compromised life. This is the reason we need Spirulina, as it will help to keep us  nutritionally balanced. Spirulina is the ‘Food for the Future’ due to its nutrient-dense properties.


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Video 04: Spirulina foundation dd2015

Spirulina-From Super food to Super Hero by Mr. Mahesh R. V, Founder Spirulina Foundation, Tumkuru

Video 06: Panel discussion with Spirulina, Kavade, Kriyashila balaga dd2015