From our collaboration with the World Frontiers Forum, we were honoured to work with Prof. Robert Langer of Langer Labs at MIT and his team to push the frontier convergence project forward.
Our collaboration began via the 2018 Convergence Project (The Chowberries) which aimed to integrate novel low-pH sensitive delivery forms of Vitamin A, developed in the research lab of MIT professor and WFF co-founder Robert Langer, into fruit, vegetable and other food forms produced locally.
The second challenge of sustainable food development globally relates to the degradation of ocean ecosystems related to many factors including human food consumption, ranging from over-fishing to plastic waste, largely associated with food packaging. “The Chowberries” a nutrition bite food form that incorporates new pioneering discoveries aims to integrate its novel micronutrient delivery systems into unique edible packaging technology developed by Harvard professor and WFF co-founder David Edwards and based on the sustainable ocean food source of algae.
Among the tallest of sustainable development needs is that of accessible, balanced, daily nutrition. Deficiency in micronutrients — essential vitamins and minerals needed for balanced growth and development — affects approximately two billion people globally according to the WHO. Vitamin A deficiency particularly is the leading cause of unnecessary blindness. In Sierra Leone, Vitamin A deficiency is estimated to touch over 80% of children under five years of age. Obstacles to the integration of Vitamin A and other micronutrients into the natural food supply includes protecting the micronutrients from degradation before they act in the body — or become bioavailable.