"The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and the cause and prevention of disease." ___ Thomas A. Edison
There is growing concern for how fast the world’s population is growing and the inability of current food production methods to meet the demand. Many experts have extrapolated the impending crisis as occurring in the near future and are working rapidly to thwart the crisis by revamping agricultural processes and developing new technologies.
Urbafresh believes that we need to not focus solely on producing more food, but also on simultaneously combating global malnutrition. Are we making a fatal mistake by confusing food and nutrition in the same thought? Malnourishment impacts about one-third of the world’s people who reside in not only third world countries, but also in those with emerging and developed economies. Even in the developed world, malnutrition can rear its ugly head due to the marketing push and large scale agriculture to create eye pleasing but nutritionally empty produce and other food products that we currently buy in our local supermarkets.
We believe there is a better and far less complex answer to this problem. In her landmark paper, “Broccoli Microgreens: A Mineral-Rich Crop That Can Diversify Food Systems”*, Dr. Carolyn Weber proposed a simple solution that can be implemented at the family level and work from a point of immediate impact.
Dr. Weber describes a bottom up approach rather than the top down solutions that doesn’t rely on new technology—it’s simply a different way of producing nutritious food. She said, “Sometimes we get very caught up in technology. While a University faculty member, I had over half a million dollars in federal funding for various microbiology projects—exciting stuff. But guess what? The microgreens paper in Frontiers that connected us? I did that that with $300, a worm farm and a few good students. That’s it. It’s technology? Basically, Mother Nature. When getting food from farm to table becomes a problem, you need to bring the farm and the table closer together. Sometimes things really are that simple. The solution, is not so much technology, I think. It’s education and motivating people to take charge of solving the world’s problems. The feat is not small, but the technology simple. Some people think that the fact that microgreens don’t survive transit well is a negative. I see it as a sign to change the way we do things.”