food security | The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News - Part 2
Today’s Solutions: July 12, 2024

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Vertical farming is bringing local produce to California’s densest cities

We’ve written extensively about vertical farming as a solution to make fresh food more sustainable, efficient, and localized. Now, sustainable agriculture company Plenty is hoping to expand the reach of vertical farming in California with two new sites in San Francisco and Compton.  At their Read More...

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Sponsor-A-Hive program protects bees and promotes food security

Habitat loss and pesticide use are driving factors behind the decline of global bee populations. Creating habitats for bees is a great way to protect bees and boost food security, so The Bee Conservancy is giving out hundreds of free bee homes to groups across the US and Canada in hopes of Read More...

Couple of smiling students sitting on bench with sandwich and green apple and happily looking in camera while spending time together

Improving school lunches in a post-pandemic world

There is no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to rearrange how we structure our daily routines whether at work, school, or play. Some of these changes have been for the better and we hope are here to stay. For instance, the health crisis forced us to rethink how to feed students once Read More...

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The Social Supermarket is like any regular store, except everything is free

The New Zealand capital Wellington is now home to quite a remarkable place: a supermarket where everything is free. This unique food bank, called the Social Supermarket, is run by Wellington City Mission, a faith-centered organization that was founded in 1904 to respond to the needs of the Read More...

Plants could soon communicate

Plants could soon communicate with farmers to improve food security

We recently wrote about how researchers at MIT were teaching spinach plants to send emails. Now, scientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore are developing technology that allows for further communication between plants and humans. When plants interact with their environment, Read More...

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Crickets: the gateway bug to eating insects

As the global mindset shifts in a more eco-friendly direction, it’s becoming difficult for meat eaters to ignore the negative impact raising livestock has on our environment. Take Madagascar for instance. Almost 80 percent of Madagascar’s forests have been destroyed since the 1950s, and each Read More...

Atlanta builds the nation’s

Atlanta builds the nation’s largest food forest to tackle food insecurity

After a pecan farm in a south Atlanta neighborhood closed, the land was then supposed to be converted into a residential townhouse zone. That project, however, never happened, prompting the city’s Conservation Fund to buy the land in 2016 and develop it into something else: the country’s Read More...

The US wastes 1/3 of the food

The US wastes 1/3 of the food it produces. This project is here to fix that

While 2019 registered 35.2 million people living in food-insecure households, during that same year around a third of the food produced in the country — worth around $408 billion dollars — went to waste. By 2030, the government aims to cut that amount in half — an incredibly difficult Read More...

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These tools are designed to help deliver surplus food to those in need

It’s mind-boggling that while 40 percent of the food supply in the US ends up in the bin, millions of Americans are still food insecure. One of the main reasons behind this problem — which has been exacerbated by the pandemic — is poor logistics. “We probably have two to four times as much Read More...

How a city of 2.5 million ensu

How a city of 2.5 million ensures everyone has free access to healthy food

In a nation characterized by abundance, it’s baffling that some 10.5 percent of households in the US suffer from food insecurity. This fact becomes even more stupefying when we consider that an estimated 30 to 40 percent of America’s food supply winds up in the trash. With this in mind, we ask Read More...