Podcast Episode 9: “Where Things Won’t Grow” with Corey Ellis

Credit: Jack Sanford

Can we really rid the world of hunger and malnutrition in under a decade? The Nourishing Millions podcast series, undertaken in partnership with the University of Michigan School of Public Health, features the latest groundbreaking thinking about nutrition from top policymakers, researchers, and practitioners. Together, the episodes tell the story of how small and large movements—and everyday people—can help us achieve a food- and nutrition-secure world.

On this week’s episode: What are some of the most unique solutions to food insecurity problems around the world? How about a system that allows individuals to grow plants without any soil? We talk to Corey Ellis, co-founder and CEO of The Growcer, a hydroponics company that seeks to mitigate food insecurity in Canada’s remote north. Hydroponics is the process of growing plants in various mediums such as water or sand, with added nutrients, but no soil, proving that food production is not just one dimensional.

But hydroponics is addressing more than just a food problem. The system has the capacity to reduce the water requirements of growing plants by about 90 percent, and has the potential to create economic advantages in places where food just can’t grow efficiently, according to Ellis. In this podcast, Ellis shares exciting insights into his startup’s vision, challenges, and goals to alleviate food shortages in underserved, remote areas around the world.

Listen to the episode on SoundCloud or iTunes.

Previous episodes of the podcast series are also available:

Episode 1. "Grasshopper a la Mode" with Jacob Anankware: SoundCloud or iTunes.

Episode 2. "From the Farm to the Schoolhouse" with Catherine Bertini: Soundcloud or iTunes

Episode 3. "The Private Sector Puzzle" with Lawrence Haddad: Soundcloud or iTunes

Episode 4. "Can Nutrition Beat the Heat?" with Sam Myers: SoundCloud or iTunes

Episode 5. "A Million House Calls" with Regine Kopplow and Meghan Anson: SoundCloud or iTunes

Episode 6. "Rise of the Dragon" with Shenggen Fan: SoundCloud or iTunes

Episode 7. “On to the Road to 1 Billion” with Howdy Bouis: SoundCloud or iTunes

Episode 8. "Supersizing Big Ag" with Danielle Nierenberg: SoundCloud or iTunes

Blog Post by: Isa Kujawski and Nosheen Hayat


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