Social Justice Aided by Food Innovation

The Center for Food Innovation at Oberlin’s stated goals center food systems at large. They highlight how innovative agricultural and food systems-oriented changes can overwhelmingly shift our region. As we invest in new, innovative options, our food systems can become far more localized. Localized food systems will provide a much needed economic boost for theContinue reading “Social Justice Aided by Food Innovation”

Compost With a Meaning: Why the Rust Belt Riders Turned Table Scraps Into a Business

Written by: Howard Sinclair A growing concern of American food consumers is how they can get fresh, nutritious food from local farms to their plates. However, an equally concerning matter that receives less attention is what happens to that food once it leaves those plates because it is likely that food will be disposed ofContinue reading “Compost With a Meaning: Why the Rust Belt Riders Turned Table Scraps Into a Business”

Green City Growers: The Largest Production Greenhouse in an Urban Area

Sophie Bernstein – Utilizing a 3.25-acre hydroponic food production greenhouse, Green City Growers (GCG) is the largest production greenhouse in an urban area and the largest covered greenhouse in an urban core in the country. They produce millions of heads of lettuce and specialty greens and hundreds of thousands of pounds of herbs in ClevelandContinue reading “Green City Growers: The Largest Production Greenhouse in an Urban Area”

Ag-Bioscience Could Create “Nearly 19,000 Jobs and $3.6 Billion in Revenues”

Some industries that fall into the category of ag-bioscience include crop and livestock production, waste capture, biomaterials production, food processing safety, and biofuels and energy production. Ag-bioscience is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about which industries could contribute most to economic growth. However, this industry creates unrivaled jobs and revenue in comparison to other industry clusters! 

Harmful Algal Blooms cost Ohio over $815 million

Since 2010, Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) have cost Ohio over $815 million. In addition, they have caused the deaths of Lake Erie pets, wildlife and plants and has caused illness in humans through physical contact or consumption. This cost includes damage and devaluation of lakeshore property, loss of tourism, loss of recreation, and additional municipalContinue reading “Harmful Algal Blooms cost Ohio over $815 million”

Can Lorain County Be Home to the Next Big Thing in Business?

Northeast Ohio currently produces only 5%-10% of all the food consumed in the region. That means we import up to 95% of our food (about $10.7 billion), despite being one of the top agricultural states. Research has shown* that if the region were to increase production to meet at minimum 25% of local consumption, overContinue reading “Can Lorain County Be Home to the Next Big Thing in Business?”