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MIT Open Agriculture Initiative

An open source ecosystem of food technologies to create healthier, more engaging and more inventive food systems


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The MIT Media Lab Open Agriculture (“OpenAG”) builds collaborative tools and platforms to develop an open-source ecosystem of food technologies that enables and promotes transparency, networked experimentation, education, and local production. The OpenAG process begins with the production of controlled environment agriculture systems. These personal food computers are set to provide controlled environments that can be modified, manipulated, upgraded, and hacked as users experiment to find the perfect growing recipes for their favourite fresh foods. Users from diverse backgrounds will innovate and optimise as they find solutions to each challenge they face. The mission is to bring out the urban farmer in everyone by creating healthier, more engaging, and more inventive food systems. By making the science behind modern agriculture more accessible, they hope to break down the barrier of entry and put the power of food production back in the hands of the people. In the future, OpenAG will create communities in which the smallest scale climate can instantly be translated to make the largest impact. When shared openly, controlled environment agriculture will provide access to fresh, nutritious, and delicious foods, grown locally, anywhere on Earth. One day it may even be used to grow food on other planets!

Founded By
Caleb Harper
Photo via openag.media.mit.edu
Photo via openag.media.mit.edu

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