As the world has continued to grow in population, the agriculture industry has not been able to keep up with the population needs. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, food production will have to increase 70 percent by 2050 to feed an additional 2.3 billion people while fighting poverty and hunger, effectively using limited natural resources and adapting for climate change. Issues such as water scarcity, soil degradation, climate change, lack of agricultural training, and energy required for this type of food production have caused our current use of soil based agriculture to become insufficient. A new type of agriculture needs to be created to provide a more sustainable resource that meets the needs of the growing world population.
The winning team will create a cost-effective and safe way to sustainably grow food globally to support 100 people for TBD amount of time, regardless of soil, as well as address the issues of energy use, scalability, climate change, water scarcity, and ease of implementation.
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