Team:FDR-HB Peru/Human Practices







Integrated Human Practices

As our team has had a significant change of direction, given that we are now working with a company that operates in the agricultural sector of Peru's economy, the human practices team performed in-depth research into the new situation and conditions at hand in order to best comprehend the variety of factors that may provoke a change in the design or development of our project. Among the many factors identified, three stand out the most: maintenance and care for the dipsticks, organizational and logistical structure for testing Cadmium concentrations, and the training of employees. 

Considering that dozens if not hundreds of tests for the concentrations of Cadmium may be conducted per day on-site at the cacao plantations, the Human Practices team has considered the environmental consequences of our product. Given that our proposed product of a dipstick is a one-time use product, its daily use may mean the creation of considerable amounts of waste per day that may end up in the region's forests if not bodies of water. 

Thus, it is that the Human Practices team has come to shine a light on said unthought-of limitation and arguable liability of our product, in turn, prompting a redesign of our dipstick to be more environmentally friendly. 

On the other hand, to further address the possibility of a negative impact of our dipstick in the region's environment, not only have we sought to increase the lifespan of our dipstick, but even more importantly, we have also sought to produce our dipstick of environmentally friendly materials including paper. This allows for all dipsticks used to decompose without harming the surrounding

Additionally, much like a real-world business, we had to consider our consumers, the people working at the cacao farms, into our design. Therefore, in order to further explore our 

consumers' needs, the Human Practices team conducted a meeting with Mr. Yturrios, the national director of Alianza Cacao, where it was concluded that implementing our dipstick into their current cacao plantation logistics was deemed plausible.

Mr. Yturrios believed there is no reason that cacao farmers would feel uncomfortable with the use of our dipstick and for there to be a reasonable amount of space in the land used for cacao plantations in which several centers can be established where cadmium concentrations in the soil are tested. Therefore, making the case and suggesting that implementing our dipstick would truthfully not only be beneficial to the business itself but will also be feasible if not considerably simple. 

In addition, given the nature of the soil samples tested for Cadmium concentrations, a complex and organized system would be needed to record the soil samples tested and the concentration of Cadmium found within them. Thus, is it that the Human Practices team has created, alongside the Synbio team, is planning to create a manual for the testing of concentrations of Cadmium in a given soil sample, as well as a sheet to record significant results and observations of the soil samples tested for the group of people that will be testing the soil samples presented by the farmers through numerous locations in a given site.

Nevertheless, although the FDR-HB_Peru does pride itself on the product they have developed and will continue to work on, it is essential to acknowledge that the choices made were done based on what can be done and what we wish could have been done. Amongst the many decisions that stand out, one stands out: the pursuit of bioremediation and the proposed solution of magnetic yeast.

Taking into consideration that heavy metal contamination not only entails testing for the concentrations found in the medium, but its removal from the medium, is it that the FDR-HB_Peru team has now sought to address the target of bioremediation not through the use of bacteria but rather through the use of yeast (a single cell microorganism classified as part of the fungi kingdom). The FDR-HB_Peru team has endeavored the use of yeast through what can be best described as its magnetization. In essence, a given yeast organism is genetically modified to express a magnetic property that would allow for it to attach to any heavy metal found in a given medium, in turn, removing the heavy metal alongside it once the yeast is removed from the environment where it was introduced. 

That said, it is essential to acknowledge that during the designing of our proposed dipstick, not only has the effectiveness of the product been a critical point of focus, but even more importantly, the team prioritized the ethics of the product regarding the production of waste as well as a feasible implementation that will cause minor if not any disruption to the farmers currently hard at work.