Sustainable Food Systems
In our ever-growing society, achieving and implementing sustainable food systems is becoming more difficult, yet increasingly critical. Over the next decade, we can expect an 35% increase in global food demand. Taking into account the corresponding trend towards urbanization, the implication is that not only will more food need to be produced with stressed resources, but food will have to travel further, be kept fresh longer, and thus will increase in cost.
S-lab supports projects that seek to disrupt the status quo and strengthen student agency in food systems. In this research area, our goal is to use novel technology and applications to:
- better utilize space (vertical and co-growth) and resources (reuse, recycling, and composting)
- conserve energy and water (aero/hydro/aqua-ponics, smart sensors)
- improve accessibility to organic and healthy food in food insecure communities (urban farming)
By recognizing that the intensifying demand in energy, food, and water together formulate global grand challenges, we look to systems-level solutions to help mitigate climate change, resource insecurity and volatile markets.