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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

 

Dr. Jake Valenzuela
Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Dr. Serdar Turkarslan
Senior Research Scientist

 

Claudia Ludwig
Education Program Manager

 

Jessica Day
Project Coordinator

 

Wei-Ju Wu
Software Engineer

 

Warren Carter
Research Associate 2

 

Dr. Julie Bletz
Senior Program Manager

 

Hsiao-Ching Chou 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 Hsiao-Ching Chou.