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CATALYZING A NEW AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY

 

A human crisis of unprecedented proportions is in the making. Diminishing arable land, water shortage, and expected population growth to 10 billion portend a catastrophic food security crisis by 2030. This threat requires a dramatic reduction of the environmental footprint of agricultural practices. A paradigm shift to the food supply chain is necessary to meet an expected 70% or more increase in food demand.

 

Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) launched PROJECT FEED 1010 (1010=10 billion) to catalyze this paradigm shift and create a new sustainable agriculture economy. PF1010 is pioneering a crowd-sourced network of scientists, teachers, students and farmers to optimize aquaponics – a sustainable food production solution that combines aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants in water) to support year-round crop production with up to 90% less water usage than conventional agriculture.

 

This project aims to make scientific breakthroughs for scaling up sustainable agriculture while transforming STEM education to generate a massive workforce and entrepreneurs for a new economy. We dream of a future where every unused urban space is repurposed for sustainable food production, where everyone is a citizen scientist, and we are all prosumers (producers + consumers) in a smart food supply chain.

 

Project Team

 

Dr. Nitin Baliga

SVP & Director

 

Jessica Day

Project Manager

 

Claudia Ludwig

Systems Education Experiences Director

 

Wei-Ju Wu

Software Engineer

 

Dr. Serdar Turkarslan

Senior Research Scientist

 

Christian Diener

Computational Biologist

 

Joe Myxter and Allison Kudla

Communications

 

 

Contact Project Feed 1010

 

If you have questions or would like to collaborate, drop us a line at projectfeed1010@systemsbiology.org.

 

If you are a member of the media and would like to request an interview, email Director of Communications Joe Myxter (joe.myxter@systemsbiology.org).