Homegrown is the new local food movement

The Open Agriculture Lab (OAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has recently suggested that as much as 40% of an urban diet could eventually be produced in a domestic context. According to an article on Circulate, OAL is actively working to develop domestic grow-boxes, which create controlled environments, where deliberate combinations of temperature, humidity, and soil are created to grow specific types of food. Caleb Harper, OAL’s director, believes urban farming must have a significant role to play in the future diet, citing problems of freshness, storage, and transport costs.