High-Tech Sustainable Food Production in the 21st Century
Most people live and work in large population centers and some of their food travels from across the country or further to reach their dinner tables. Is this sustainable in terms of land, water, and energy usage? How does this impact food security and safety? In this course, we will look at ways in which we can use technology to create more sustainable systems of agriculture. One of the key questions students will consider is how we can grow our food in or close to our population centers in order to cut down on transportation-related emissions. Potential solutions that will be evaluated include: converting open lots and rooftops into food production areas, using high-tech growing systems such as hydroponic greenhouses to improve urban farming, and creating entirely new food production environments, including vertical farming or farm barges anchored in city harbors.