In Spokane, more than 24,000 children are growing up hungry. Area schools have noted that children who are hungry are more likely to be aggressive, hyperactive and exhibit behavior problems that make learning difficult.
Over the next two decades, it is anticipated that the world will need 50 percent more food to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population. In addition, the rise of the middle class, urbanization, higher-protein diets and more meals away from home are trends that are dramatically shifting food demands, particularly in emerging economies.
When life gives you lemons they say to make lemonade. And what if life gives you sewage released into an enclosed bay, what can you make? Certainly not lemonade, right? Our guest today on Sea Change Radio is NASA scientist and UC Santa Cruz professor, Jonathan Trent. He has figured out how to use algae to turn wastewater pollution into biofuel.
Not by coincidence, I’m blogging today from a Panera Bread cafe near my home in Bethesda, MD. The atmosphere is pleasant, the people are friendly, the wi-fi is reliable and the food is pretty good. (I have a weak spot for the shortbread cookies.) But, as I learned recently, there’s more to this company than meets the eye of a casual visitor.