As the world’s population increases, so does our need for food. Yet even today, when we produce more food than ever before, one out of every nine people doesn’t get enough to eat. Others are living in “food deserts” — places that lack access to wholesome, affordable food. Along with the growing demand, climate stressors are affecting food sources from fisheries to farms.
Creative minds from all kinds of backgrounds are rethinking our food systems to meet these challenges. In California, two entrepreneurs hatched a way to fit the makings of a farm into a shipping container — a “farm from a box.” A Maryland teenager’s science project yielded an antibacterial paper that prevents food spoilage. Others are thinking about how to reduce the carbon dioxide pollution that comes from producing grains, dairy, and meat.
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With food demand expected to double by 2050, when nine billion people are projected to inhabit the planet, now is the time for all of us to rethink our connection to and impact on our food systems. From better ways of growing food to encouraging nutrition and preventing waste, the time is ripe for new solutions that strengthen our ecosystem and our bodies. What is your idea?
In our first CHASING GENIUS Challenge, four winners received $25,000 each to take their ideas further.
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