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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Tackles Food and Agriculture

Touch the Soil News #810 (Feature photo – courtesy of Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Founded in 1861, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts (population 132,000). It is considered one of the world’s most prestigious universities. Founded in 1861, the university has stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering. MIT has an academic staff of over 1,000, a student population of over 11,000 and is located on a campus of 168 acres. MIT has undertaken what it calls the Open Agriculture Initiative. Its philosophy is that indoor urban farming can create the least energy intensive crops while maintaining taste and nutrition. Efforts…

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