Discovery at Ohio State: New Thought for Food - June 8, 2017
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The Smith Lab "Pop-Garden" Project

InFACT has partnered with GrOSU, a Sustainable Growing Club at Ohio State, the Knowlton School of Architecture, the Department of Anthropology and OSU Landscape Services to create the Smith Lab "Pop-Garden" Project, consisting of two 20x20 plots on the 18th Avenue side of the building that will soon display crops that can serve as food, pollinators and for aesthetics.

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University Leaders Serve on Commission to Find Solutions for Food Insecurity

Facing a vast array of food and nutrition security problems in the U.S. and abroad that pose significant humanitarian, environmental, and national security risks, a commission of prominent researchers and leaders from public universities, government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector this week issued a report outlining a comprehensive strategy to tackle global food security. InFACT Faculty Director, Casey Hoy, served on the Commission and presented on the topic of Tension Between Yield, Environmental Impacts and Social Concerns.

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Where Local Starts

The words "local" and "sustainable" are being used so ubiquitously these days to talk about our desired food system that one wonders if they continue to be useful in discussing agricultural methods or the many choices consumers now face. Count me among those who still find value in these words, but the noise around them is getting harder and harder to cut through.

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In-FACT of the Month

A new book by McKay Jenkins entitled Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet was recently published and includes excerpts of an interview the author conducted with InFACT’s Executive Director, Brian Snyder in his previous role as head of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). Snyder is quoted in the book as saying “We are going to waste a lot of time and energy on whether GMOs are helpful or harmful to people, when that’s not the most important question . . . The most important question is what kind of system do they generate and support. The most effective criticisms of GMOs are about the peripheral realities of this system.” He also points out that, again depending on the system, GMOs might play an important role in the future sustainability of agriculture and food systems.

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Upcoming Events

June 22
Global Food Trends in 2017: Nutrition, Quality & the Future of What We Eat- Register
June 29
Measuring the Economic Contribution of Agriculture in Ohio: An Educational and Informative Workshop (AEDE)
April 1 - July 4
On the Pond: Catfish Farming in the Delta

Funding Opportunities

USDA NIFA - Agricultural and Food Research Initiative: Food Safety Challenge Area - Applications due June 21
USDA NIFA - Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area - Applications due August 2
FFAR - Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR) Grants - Only members of ROAR may apply, applications accepted on a rolling basis
FFAR - Ideas and Input Request for Research in Seven Challenge Areas (Food Waste and Loss; Protein Challenge; Water Scarcity; Innovation Pathway to Sustainability; Healthy Soils; Thriving Farms; Urban Food Systems; Making My Plate Your Plate)
AFRI Foundational Program Opportunities
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