Researcher uses photography to measure nutrition

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Researchers who are figuring out how to better feed the world need to know something before they can start: how well is the world being fed right now? That is, they need to be able to measure and quantify people’s access to affordable and nutritious food. That access to good food is called food security.

But it can be logistically challenging and expensive to measure food security, especially if you want to get repeated measurements to monitor changes over time. Photography could be a powerful and inexpensive tool that captures information about food security that is hard to get through interviews and focus groups.

Chris Bielecki used photography in his research to measure how people’s access to healthy food is changing over time in Guatemala.

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Can ketchup packets promote Diarrhea treatment?

Zinc is converted from tablets to liquid for delivery in ketchup-like packets. Image: Orianna DeMasi.
Zinc is converted from tablets to liquid for delivery in ketchup-like packets. Image: Orianna DeMasi.

By Ali Hussain

What does a ketchup pack have to do with a lifesaving treatment for childhood diarrhea in the developing world?

Quite a lot, it turns out.

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Center provides place for food businesses to begin

joan 2014It takes a lot of work to start a new business, especially when that business involves food. Licensing, health concerns, finding suppliers, and even finding a kitchen that has the proper equipment to prepare the food are all things that have to figured out by people who want to start their own food businesses.

Joan Nelson is the executive director at the Allen Neighborhood Center. She spoke with the Food Fix about the Center’s Incubator Kitchen program that is giving local farmers a place to expand into new areas, and is letting small businesses get off the ground.

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Purdue students address hunger in Haiti with hydroponic food system

Photo: Rachel Sparks
A prototype of the hydroponics system. Photo: Rachel Sparks

By Kasey Worst

As part of a senior  project, Rachel Sparks and a team of other students at Purdue University, designed a hydroponics system that could fit inside of a shipping container.

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants where no soil is needed. Instead, nutrient-filled water is delivered to the plants. The delivery method varies by system.

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Researchers developing new kinds of wheat

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Can modern genetic research help find ways to produce wheat that is resistant to heat and drought?

Jared Crain is a graduate student in interdepartmental genetics at Kansas State University, Kansas. Crain and his colleagues are exploring the potential of genetic sequencing to find climate change resistant wheat crops.

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