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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.

Julia Loudenburg

The George Washington University
Julia, from Spencer, South Dakota, is studying international affairs with a concentration in Latin America in the Elliot School for International Affairs. She began her journey in agriculture by growing up on a cattle farm and participated in the FFA in high school, receiving her American Degree in 2017. During college, she has interned for the Cocoa for Peace Project within the USDA. She also works with her school's bipartisan political club to promote compromise on campus, and she serves as the recording secretary for her Alpha Delta Pi chapter.