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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.

Izaiah Bokunewicz

Penn State
Izaiah, from Norristown, Pennsylvania, is studying plant sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Growing up in suburban Philadelphia, he developed an interest in how we feed our cities and educate people about food production. Izaiah is co-director of Penn State’s Student Farm Club and has completed undergraduate research involving indoor hydroponic systems. He is very optimistic about the future of agriculture, thanks to innovative and sustainable efforts taking place on a global level.