I just sent an email about this, but don’t forget that we have class in BRNG 2290 tomorrow (3/5/13). We have a lot talk about, so please be there!
Is anyone going to this on Friday?
March 8 @ 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Deans Auditorium in Pfendler Hall
Please join us for a live-stream viewing of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Panel “Food Security = World Security”.
This project is unique as it can be related to so many different majors and areas of study. I’m studying Prepharmacy which is based on serving others and improving the health of patients. This project involves food security and providing for those who are in need. Pharmacy and NSG both are based on the same core principle: providing those in need with the materials necessary to improve their health. I’m excited to be working on this project as it relates to my interests and values as a prepharmacy student.
As an aspiring engineer, I am a problem-solver through and through. This makes me inclined to think that food security is one of the major problems whose solution I need to contribute to. Industrial engineers in particular don’t have an immediate connection to food security, but their emphasis on systems, efficiency, and logistics makes me think that industrial engineers could contribute immensely to the fight against hunger. Perhaps as an industrial engineer I could work on making food distribution more efficient in nations with high levels of food insecurity. I could work on improving the processing of foods so that they reach more individuals in the United States. Industrial engineers also have a broad knowledge of how to use workers, materials, and equipment most effectively, so that makes me believe that with my degree I would be able to design a system to allow people to have security gardens of their own at a low cost.
National Security Garden is not directly related to my major, but I believe it is important because it will get others thinking about the topic of food security. We need to get the discussion started, and I believe National Security Garden will do just that.
Though it may not seem readily apparent at first glance, this project is actually very relevant to my major. I am currently a pre-pharmacy student. Though the main focuses of this project concern agriculture and art, I believe it is also connected to many other areas.
For example, pharmacy is shifting toward preventative health maintenance– instead of treating diseases, we want to prevent them before they happen. A big part of this is taking care of your body and eating healthy. Soybeans are used in many different food products, and are very nutritious. Examining the process used to grow them, and choosing what sort of chemicals to put on them or not put on them in this process is relevant to their nutritional content.
As I mentioned before, soybeans are used in many different food products. They are also used in many other ways as well, such as in building materials ( certain types of wood, carpet, and furniture) and biodiesel. From a chemistry standpoint, it is interesting that one bean can be converted into so many different forms. I would like to further examine what makes the soybean so versatile, by doing research into its chemical properties, a task which definitely relates to my major.
I am still in the Undergraduate Studies Program, or in other words I still have no idea what major I will choose, but I know I want to pursue a major in the health sciences field. This field ties in very closely with the concepts we are trying to broadcast through the National Security Garden project, especially food insecurity. Obviously, a lack of nutritious food has detrimental effects on the body, and those effects would eventually lead that person to see a medical professional. If I chose Biology (as a pre-med major option),I would be able to impact individuals who come from food-insecure families by treating these effects. One of the reasons I am interested in potentially majoring in Public Health Promotion, though, is that I would have an opportunity to work on campaigns to prevent these types of occurrences so they wouldn’t get to the doctors’ offices. Our project is already a start in trying to promote public recognition of food insecurity and that is very exciting to me!
Hey guys! Like Delaney, I am also a Law and Society major, and at face value, this project does not really relate to my studies. However, delving a little beneath the surface, we can find that a lack of food and food security can be directly related to levels of poverty and crime in a given area. It seems from some studies that by increasing food availability in an area, the need to steal the resources to survive from others drops. If it is possible to allow everyone a chance to have personal access to food, it is very possible to drastically lower crime. The model we are representing impresses upon me the idea that many people could easily have backyard gardens, with which to grow some crops like soybeans, green bell peppers, or even tomatoes. Soybeans, with a little more research, may be able to be used by the average family to great effect, as soybeans have so many uses already. Although this may not immediately solve world hunger, the effect of showing people how to care for a smaller, inexpensive “farm” hopefully drives them to make their own, and become, in a sense, more self-sufficient. As crime has usually been about trying to gain control or resources that someone else has, crime levels should fall if people are able to produce and control some of their own resources.
In the words of Sherlock Holmes, “Food for thought.”
At first glance, biomedical engineering and what we are doing with the National Security Garden do not seem to fit together. However, after giving some thought to it, I see some correlation. One of the main motivations behind our NSG is to increase awareness about hunger and food security. Poverty and food security go hand in hand, and these two things lead to health problems like malnutrition, stunted growth, and lower brain development. That is where biomedical engineering comes in. (See Sean’s post about it too!) Creating new technologies and procedures is a good way to combat the effects of malnutrition and the diseases that can come with it, but to solve and remove the problem of hunger in the first place would be the best solution. We have to take the problem out at its source. That is one reason why I decided to join this project. I would much rather not have to design machines that treat the effects of hunger – I would much rather see healthy people.
Someday I would like to work in a developing country where they do not have access to state-of-the-art health services and technologies, but getting the people food and water is an essential part of improving their lives. What we take away from this class and this project will prepare all of us to tackle these problems.