How old is that apple on your counter?

Caleb Harper’s answer to the above question might surprise you. What if we could grow delicious, nutrient-dense food, indoors anywhere in the world? Caleb Harper, director of the Open Agriculture Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, wants to change the food system by connecting growers with technology. Get to know Harper’s “food computers” and catch a glimpse of what the future of farming might look … Continue reading How old is that apple on your counter?

Supporting sustainable food policy, and bees

Bees and other pollinators are dying rapidly, and their steady decline threatens the world food supply. A newly published United Nations scientific report, issued by the Intergovernment Science-Policy Platform, warns that plants dependent on pollination currently make up about 35 percent of global crop production. With increased population growth, mankind will need every available means of food production to stave off mass hunger in the future. Ironically, the bees are really the … Continue reading Supporting sustainable food policy, and bees

Why is there a growing hunger problem on university campuses?

Usually only the privileged (or those with plenty of loans and financial aid) get to attend an institution of higher education. College students describe themselves as poor, but there seems to be a new phenomenon of food insecurity, inadequate nutrition, and hunger across universities that probably contributes to overall student success and lower college graduation rates. Feeding America reports 10 percent of their 46.5 million clients are college students and … Continue reading Why is there a growing hunger problem on university campuses?

Hunger: The Syrian Conflict’s New Weapon

There’s a new tool in the arsenal in the Syrian madness: Hunger. Mass starvation has taken the place of chemical and biological weapons and is the new political weapon inflicted on Syria’s most vulnerable. In a single Syrian town named Madaya, Doctors Without Borders reported 23 people have starved to death since the beginning of December. Desperate people are eating grass and slaughtering cats to … Continue reading Hunger: The Syrian Conflict’s New Weapon

Climate Change and Food Waste

As world leaders and environmental activists are heading to Paris next week, we came upon a novel concept that ties produce waste to saving the planet. In northern California there is an upstart NGO that rescues ugly produce that would normally be destined for the waste heap and instead offers consumers a drastic 30-50% reduction on their market price. It seems the problem is huge … Continue reading Climate Change and Food Waste

What El Niño Could Mean for Global Hunger

Imagine what it would be like to live on $1 a day, as millions do in the developing world. Now imagine the potentially devastating effects that El Niño will have on the world’s poorest-of-the-poor in obtaining food and access to fertile agricultural lands. In a new report by the United Nations cited by the LA Times, there are dire warnings that more than 2 million … Continue reading What El Niño Could Mean for Global Hunger