sustainability

Ohio State University is piloting a project that could provide more food and jobs to the cities that need them.

Kip Curtis, an assistant professor at the Mansfield campus, helped build the first micro-farm there last year in a parking lot.

Curtis believes expanding micro-farms throughout Mansfield can help combat certain issues.

One-third of all the food produced each year for human consumption is never eaten. That adds up to about 1.3 billion tons of waste per year. That unappetizing fact is the inspiration for a new documentary, Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, which was released on Oct. 13 in theaters and on demand.

Brent Deppe is taking me on a tour of the farm supply business, called Key Cooperative, that he helps to manage in Grinnell, Iowa. We step though the back door of one warehouse, and our view of the sky is blocked by a gigantic round storage tank, painted white.

"This is the liquid nitrogen tank," Deppe explains. "It's a million-and-a-half gallon tank."

Nitrogen is the essential ingredient for growing corn and most other crops. Farmers around here spread it on their fields by the truckload.

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Ohio’s first industry, farming, is still its biggest industry.  But with technology-driven lifestyles, urbanization and a global economy, will that continue for the next generation that is now looking to make its way in the world?

There's reason to believe so.

The Impact of the Food We Eat

Dec 16, 2016
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Food sustainability is growing into a global conversation. The food you select at the grocery store has social and environmental effects that reach across the world. Join us today as we speak with Frances Moore Lappé on the impact of the food we eat.

The Impact of the Food We Eat

Nov 3, 2016
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Food sustainability is growing into a global conversation. The food you select at the grocery store has social and environmental effects that reach across the world. Join us today as we speak with Frances Moore Lappé on the impact of the food we eat.

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As one of the largest stadiums in the country, Ohio Stadium has also managed to become one of the greenest. After each Buckeye home game, up to 95 percent of all stadium garbage is recycled or composted.

Turns out that’s only achievable through one surprising advantage: prison labor. 

Food Waste in America

Aug 16, 2016
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Despite the fact that Americans throw away nearly 80 billion pounds of food a year, most are unaware food waste is a enormous issue in the country.  Food waste has it's hand in harming climate, water, land and biodiversity, which aids in the destruction of our natural resources. Education and strategy could help curb our populations wasteful habits. 

Making a Switch: The Future of Energy

Oct 31, 2013

11:00 We know the energy picture is going to change, but we don’t yet know how that will happen and what we’ll be left with to power our world in the future. The global need for alternative energy is on the rise, and this hour we'll learn about the sustainability of current sources, and the challenges and prospects for the future. Guests

10:00 By 2050, the world's population is expected to jump from 7 billion to 9 billion. Feeding so many people will require agricultural innovations, distribution advancements and broad changes in public policy. This hour we'll talk about the opportunities and challenges facing everyone who eats to live, and hear about OSU's inter-disciplinary approach to food security. Guests