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Hydroponics is derived from two Greek words: “hydro,” meaning water, and “ponics,” meaning labor. The concept of using an aerated nutrient solution and additional lighting to provide energy for photosynthesis is both interesting and promising. Today, complex hydroponic systems can grow highly nutritious foods in rapid amounts of time, with customized lighting and controlled growing environments.
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When I think about food insecurity, generally I think about people in the community who are not able to afford fresh food, about people who need the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food and nutrition service; and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). I think about people who don’t have access to clean water and who live on less than one dollar a day.

Alyssa Dougherty

Iowa State University
Alyssa, from Epworth, Iowa, is studying dietetics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Alyssa’s connection to the dairy industry, passion for food security issues, and desire to create positive change has inspired her to contribute to finding solutions to solve global hunger. She hopes that her experience with the Global Food Challenge will strengthen her research, teamwork and leadership skills while growing her global perspective. She looks forward to learning about Land O’Lakes International Development programs and working closely with her team.