As part of our series, “10 ideas to make the world less hungry,” Ben Muir talks to Bruno Basso, an ecosystem scientist at Michigan State University, about using legumes as a substitute for fertilizers.
Michigan State gave Basso the ‘innovation of the year award’ in 2016 for his work on crop-plant innovation and crop-plant management. He is now working with the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization on innovative ways to quantify crop production at the end of each growing season.
Basso’s idea to make the world less hungry is rooted in agronomy management.
If you had a magic wand that could make the world less hungry, what would you do? That’s the question David Kramer, professor of Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics at Michigan State University, is trying to answer. Kramer and his team have made a magic wand of sorts, the MultispeQ, a handheld device that measures a plant’s health.
The Kenyan researchers in this video are investigating the large scale use of insects as a source of protein.
The idea is to turn a food threat into a food source. They hope to feed the insects to chickens that in turn provide eggs and meat to people. But they’re also investigating how to put a protein powder made from the insects directly into human food.
The supplement could help severely malnourished children and nursing women while providing jobs for youth. The insects mature quickly and contain amino acids essential to proper nutrition.
In this episode of “10 ideas to make the world less hungry,” reporter Ben Muir talks with Ellie Hollander, chief executive officer of Meals on Wheels America.
The non-profit organization feeds people through more than 5,000 independent programs across the United States. The struggle to hamper hunger begins with acknowledging “starvation as a pandemic behind closed doors,” she says. Rather than a new policy or innovation, fixing hunger might mean committing to ideas that already work.Hollander thinks investing in Meals on Wheels to reach millions of homebound seniors is important.
Listen to the full interview here, and check back next week for a new idea.