Food Security and Sustainability

Food security, as defined by the United Nations’ Committee on World Food Security, is the condition in which all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. Unfortunately, despite international efforts to address food insecurity, millions of people around the world are still suffering. In order to be apart of the international efforts to end this world hunger, we need to ensure we first address local food insecurity.

In order to find out more about what OU is doing to solve this issue, I attended a panel discussion held by the OU Housing and Food services. In the discussion many members of the staff discussed how they are promoting environmental sustainability and providing healthier options for students within their own areas of expertise. One the efforts I found the most surprising was the purchase and maintenance of a Leafy Green Machine. This machine is a pre-assembled hydroponic farm built entirely within a shipping container. Using vertical farming methods, the farm is able to produce 1,000 plants a week. It also only uses 10 gallons of water a day! Solutions like this to provide cheap, locally sourced nutritious options for the community are bringing us closer to fighting the battle against food insecurity

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