Faculty Advisor

Tryggvason, Gretar

Abstract

The current state of food production both within the United States and around the world has left much to be desired with regard to both efficiency and end user cost. Furthermore the agricultural revolution that has allowed us to sustain the population, using just a fraction of the land that it had once relied upon, requires petrochemical fertilizers and machinery that depend upon oil both for its operation and in its production. Now that we have contaminated the land and oil prices are set to skyrocket, one must question the sustainability of our current food production methods. The goal of this experiment is not just to uncover the most efficient means of food production but also to further the development of a sustainable automated system for integration into the household in order to provide a secure source of food at a fraction of the cost.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2007

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Program

Mechanical Engineering

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