Making the world less hungry through agronomy management

By Ben Muir

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.

Listen to the interview here.

And come back next week for a new idea.

Professor wants to give farmers “magic wands”

By Max Johnston

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.

98 percent of farms are less than ten acres, according to David Kramer, professor of Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics at Michigan State University. Continue reading Professor wants to give farmers “magic wands”

Herding up grasshoppers and locusts – to eat

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.

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Investing in ideas that already work to tackle hunger

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.

Ellie Hollander, CEO 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.

Rethinking food packaging to make the world less hungry

Mark Brennan

By Max Johnston

One percent of food sent abroad by USAID is lost to food spoilage and spillage because of failed packaging, according to Mark Brennan, a researcher with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

That may sound insignificant, but it amounts to losing roughly 10,000 metric tons of food and countless dollars that could be invested in feeding hungry people.

In the first installment of the Food Fix’s new series “10 ideas to make the world less hungry,”  Brennan suggests new methods of packaging to reduce food spoilage.

“As this food kind of moves its way through the supply chain from farm to beneficiary you have instances of the bags breaking,” he said. “You have also instances of things getting wet, of insects crawling into bags.”

Listen to his idea here.

And come back every Monday for the next installment of “10 ideas to make the world less hungry.”