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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.

Sarah Vater

University of Minnesota
Sarah, from Osceola, Wisconsin, is studying supply chain and operations management and Spanish studies at the Carlson School of Management. Having participated in a three-day poverty simulation through the nonprofit Heifer International, Sarah was inspired to become informed about the global food crisis and what she could do to help. She feels that working with Land O’Lakes to solve this issue is an amazing opportunity to learn about how an organization comes together to solve a goal and deal with an issue that is tough to define. She is excited to be part of the Global Food Challenge and work toward finding meaningful and sustainable ways to combat hunger and food insecurity in our world.