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June 17th, 2016

Open Source Agriculture

An open source tool, the Food Computer, is being developed at MIT that can be used to create, save, and share climates for growing crops, maximized for nutrition, yield and taste, regardless of location or season.

The Video Screening Room

MIT Mechanical engineer Camille Richman explains in this TEDx talk how open source “climate recipes” can democratize food production via her work with the “open phenome project.”

Further information can be found at MIT’s Open Agriculture website. Participation by the public is invited, including students in classrooms. I’m wondering…with more than 50 percent of students in the United States receiving free or reduced lunches, does it make sense to grow healthy fruits and vegetables right within the school building, thereby also reducing the carbon footprint needed for transporting fresh foods across country? That’s a thought worth chewing on.

For the past 10 years, Phil has been working at a public library in the Washington D.C.-area, helping youth and adults use the 28 public Linux stations the library offers seven days a week. He also writes for MAKE magazine, and TechSoup Libraries. Suggest videos by contacting Phil on Twitter or at

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