Vertical Farm DIY

http://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2010/03/make-your-own-lowtech-vertical-farm.html

This is an interesting craft i found when researching for my group assignment about indoor and vertical farms. It shows how you can make an efficient window farm in your own home and is very efficient. I think a main theme of this course was creating innovations the most efficient ways and building a window farm like this could be one of those efficient ways. Building a window farm is efficient because of the less amount of water it uses through minimal evaporation, its low cost because you can use trash (recyclable bottles) for it; it could be used by everyone. This could be a self sustaining tool to contribute to feeding 9 billion people and it also brings the opportunity to learn about food growth and self farming which I believe can help decrease the numbers of food scarcity.

 

Insect Consumption

http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/04/05/taking-bite-out-world-hunger-one-cricket-at-time.html

This is an interesting article to me that focuses on cheaper and efficient ways of provided nutrients to countries where food and nutrient intake is scarce. We have talked about the most efficient ways of creating small innovations that could build into something bigger in class and I think this innovation with farming bugs like crickets can contribute to world. “Crickets are extremely nutritious and have a high amount of protein, iron and other micronutrients, and utilize an extraordinary low amount of resources to produce,” Mohammad  Ashour, ceo of aspire food group says, which shows the little amount of effort and resources it needs to provide steady nutrients to people across the world. I think this article and the topic of insect consumption is interesting and different and I also believe it could be one of the little ideas that helps with feeding 9 billion people.

ME TO WE

Me to WE is a favoured organization by myself that allowed me to travel across the world to India where i helped build a school. This Organization provides water, food and education to children across the world through funds from their bracelets made by mamas and Kenya, water bottles that promise drinking water for a child in Africa and of course gives people like me an opportunity to travel to countries to build school and be educated on how to continue being a global citizen.

India

 

In the summer of 2015 I travelled to the province of Rajasthan in India where I volunteered in building a school for the local village of Bagad. Although the theme of this trip was education and how we can provide it to every child, food scarcity was also a theme I realized abroad. India is know for its rich flavours and spices but it was hard to capture the idea that many children go without it and the basic necessity of clean drinking water. When visiting another local village, I had the ability to put myself in the children’s shoes by experiencing their water walk by walking down a steep cliff with a water jug, to a stream where we filled it and carried it on our heads while climbing back up the cliff for 30 minutes. The UNIV course taught us how we can create ideas to end world hunger by teaching, and by being taught through my access of education has taught me so much things I hadn’t known before. I believe education plays a big factor in creating change and I know by contributing to building this school for the children’s opportunity to learn will open their eyes to change as well.

 

 

Reflective Statement #2

Comparing my views and opinions to the ones in my first reflective statement, I can say that they haven’t changed however I have gained new knowledge and information on specific issues and topics like GMO foods and Indoor/vertical farming. Throughout this course I’ve developed a newfound skill of funnelling controversial general topics to simpler questions and how this can progress into solving a bigger issue. Funnelling the bigger issues still supports my views on working on local issues before spanning out and working on world issues. By doing this we have the opportunity to cover any barriers or issues that stand in the way of reaching our end goals as well as the opportunity to bring awareness to the goal you are trying to achieve. By coming up with an innovation within our group project helped me realize the importance of effective group work and how important it is to communicate with one another as well as participating and sharing the same passion to create change. By doing this, we establish a network of the same like-minded people to inspire us to continue with our innovations and action plans. Another thing I have learned in this course is the importance of finding evidence that backs up your claims by researching properly. When you research topics on the web, I’ve learned how important it is to find reliable and trusted sources to back up your statements in order to make it more believable and trust worthy. Through using what I have learned throughout this course I can apply it to my life and my journey of being a global citizen by grouping smaller issues to fix in order to fix a bigger one, building a support network of people who are doing similar things and interchanging ideas as well as doing loads of research to back up my opinions and claims in feeding nine billion people. One idea of bringing awareness to this global challenge is connecting to people, especially youth, through the internet and other platforms of social media to promote and give them an opportunity to learn about global famine as well as giving them suggestions on how to help this cause. Because with more contributors and help from other global citizens to work in different smaller areas of this challenge we can make it 100 percent possible to create change with world hunger and succeed in feeding 9 billion people. 

Structured Controversy Exercise – GMO’s

The controversial issue that my group chose to find perspectives on was genetically modified foods (GMOs). One of the perspectives we discussed was that of Australian organic farmers that did not support GMO foods because it interfered with their farming. Farmers opposed to GMO products called out to the west Australian government not to repeal legislation, which limits the use of technology. One organic farmer named Steve March had lost organic certification over 70 per cent of his land when genetically modified canola swathes blew onto his property from his neighbor. The Organic farmers in the area have also set up a GMO-free zone and have put up signs and other advertisements to grow awareness of GM-free farming zones in hopes the government will take this into consideration. Another perspective we discussed was scientists that encouraged gm products. Some of the evidence that supports their claim were a far-reaching report on engineered food and crops and in conclusion, they found no evidence that GM foods were less safe than GM foods. Scientists took comments and concerns into consideration as constructive challenges. Scientists have also concluded that GM foods do not cause cancer, kidney disease, obesity, diabetes, and autism also taking into the consideration of statistics and patterns of these diseases over time are generally similar with no changes over a course of time.

I personally believe that there is nothing wrong with gm foods; my opinion is based on the amount of gm food I have consumed in my lifetime without any serious health problems surfacing. I believe gm foods are healthy and know that they are filled with more nutrients that are beneficial. I also often think about a story told by a guest speaker in class that talked about how genetically modified rice packed with vitamin c was offered to china based on the large vitamin deficiency china faces. Although china declined the rice because of its yellowish color I still believe that it would have been largely beneficial to china to accept the rice that would of improved china’s health. However, even though I am pro gm food I do support the idea of supermarkets labeling which foods are genetically modified because It is important to take other people’s perspectives into consideration and would also want to know and be informed about what I am eating. When listening to other perspectives on gm foods my opinion still did not change although I did learn a lot and took into account why other people might be against GMO foods. An interesting opinion I forgot to consider was a religious perspective and how some Christians are against gm foods because it “plays god” because it is not grown naturally. An opinion like that and other perspectives really make you conscious of how other people think and where they are coming from which is important and really determines the educated stance you have. Although hearing a lot of interesting perspectives and opinions, mine stayed the same but I believe I have a more conscious view after hearing different sides. I didn’t change my mind because although the perspectives of those who were against gm foods were valid and understandable, none of them were widely relatable to my life and me. I don’t feel like I am negatively affected by gm foods and that’s why I have no problem with the production and consumption of it. For example, I am not a farmer and cannot relate to the struggles an organic farmer may face with growing organic crops next to a gm farm is like. Also, my culture, health, experience and well-being does not provide any barriers against GMO’s that would make me think otherwise.

Reflective Statement #1

The word innovation comes to my mind when I think about what it means to feed 9 billion people. As well as working and striving towards a goal collectively with like-minded people who share the same passions such as ending world hunger. I believe if we work together and also make more people more aware of global famines and barriers we could bring change to the world in the coming 30 years. I think some of the various parts and aspects of this challenge is going to be culture barriers and the consideration we will have to take in order to adapt and cater to a countries environment, ways of life, tradition, religion, and preference. I also believe we should take into consideration the local hunger we have here in Canada and how the hungry in 1st world countries like Canada are often not represented or do not have a perspective on worldly statistics that show world hunger. I think it is important to work within our community before we can move onto something bigger like the world. Like I said before I believe awareness is important and I think we need to educate people on situations and hunger around the world so we can gain more contribution in working to feed 9 billion people. Taking from my own experience with taking this class, so far I have learned about what is happening in Tanzania with pregnant women restricting their food intake to decrease the size of their babies head for a smoother delivery and how I didn’t know this problem existed until I learned it in this class and I know a lot of other people didn’t know this either. This got me thinking about how many other problems happening in the world that we are not yet aware of. This global challenge is vast and affects many people if not everyone. Not only does it affect those who are living in poverty directly but it also could affect you and the community you live within whether it is you, your family, your culture or how you feel by contributing to feeding 9 billion people. The most important consequence of this global challenge I think would obviously be the goal of this which is successfully feeding 9 billion people but also the sense of determination and discipline someone would gain with having a motivation like this and creating an action plan to turn ideas into action.