The Sustainable Food Systems priority has two basic components. First, the team is interested in promoting innovative sustainable solutions for the growth and consumption of local food. We are developing a number of projects involving hydroponics and aeroponics. These growing methods promise faster and greater yield, less water, and little to no need for pesticides or herbicides. Moreover, the use of solar power reduces the energy consumption associated with these approaches.
Our second focus is on helping people to transition from an animal-based diet to plant-based eating. Like any major behavior change, diet modification can be extremely difficult, is prone to lapses and is challenging to maintain over the long run. Our team is working on research projects to understand these processes. We hope to develop more effective tools to assist people in moving toward sustainable plant based eating.