Corn in your Chevy, Grass in your Ford, Algae in your Toyota

Three hundred years ago, wind (e.g., windmills) and water (e.g., ships and water wheels) powered our machinery. Animals pulled our transport vehicles. Burning wood chips and sawdust cooked our food. You could say that before the Industrial Revolution, there were no “alternatives” for energy—it was wherever and however you could get it. Then we figured…

Food Security

Most people are aware of food safety, but food security is probably not an issue on many people’s minds. So just what is food security? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “food security” is built on three pillars: Food availability: sufficient quantities of food available on a consistent basis. Food access: having sufficient resources…

Nutrition and Its Impact on Economic Sustainability

The idea that a sustainable food chain is connected to global economic stability is often not considered. According to a 2005 overview by the World Bank, the two are inseparable: “Malnutrition slows economic growth and perpetuates poverty through three routes—direct losses in productivity from poor physical status; indirect losses from poor cognitive function and deficits…

Watching our “Waste Lines”

If you ever wanted to get a idea of what a crowded planet might look like someday, you need only look at pictures from the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration, with the sheer numbers of people crammed into that city space. The conservative estimate was that 1.5 to 2 million people crowded into Times…