FUKUSHIMA, Japan – Sweet potatoes, usually planted in soil, are being cultivated in midair by children in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture.
Growing sweet potatoes suspended above ground not only avoids radioactive substances absorbed into the soil by the crisis at the nearby Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant,
but allows the plant’s big leaves to form a “curtain” to block strong sunlight.
The children are growing three kinds of sweet potatoes using plastic bags containing 15 liters of fertilizer on shelves about one meter above ground at 11 locations in primary schools, kindergartens and day care centers in Kawamata.
They plan to harvest the potatoes in October and determine which kind of potato is best suited for cultivating in the town.
A Kinki University project team supporting Kawamata’s restoration is cooperating with the project. Prof. Takahiro Suzuki, an expert on biological response engineering, and university lecturer Akira Horibata who specializes in plant breeding, have given the children advice about where to place the plants and how to water them. (Asiaone.com)
It is fascinating to learn how the students hung the sweet potatoes in midair to protect them from the toxic radiation in the soil. This enabled them to harvest a bountiful life-giving crop.
The Bible talks of One who was hung up to save us from the toxic and the cursed effects of sin.
The Son of God, Jesus Christ, hung on a tree,
shed His blood that we might be free.
No longer going the way of the toxic road to hell
but saved and walking straight to heaven as well!
Galatians 3:13 – Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”