- Posted April 17, 2014 by
La Mirada, CA 90639, California
University Science Project Becomes Food Source at Biola
With increased controversy concerning genetically modified organisms (GMO), Biola University’s Organic Garden is a resource on the university campus that encourages students and faculty to become more environmentally aware and active in the organic discussion. The discussion on organic issues reached a pinnacle in 2012 with Proposition 37 which called for the labeling of genetically modified foods. Although the proposition did not pass, 2014 is shaping up to be a big year in the discussion with several more counties seeking to pass similar bans. In light of Earth Day (April 22), Biola showcases its interest in the environmental care through its annual Creation Stewardship Week (April 7-11) which features the Organic Garden, a farmer’s market and educational tours.
Biology professor, Jason Tresser, founded the Organic Garden in 2009 in order to increase student interest, education and involvement in gardening and other organic issues. Now featuring more than a dozen produce items and an aquaponic system on one eighth acre of land, the garden has expanded in recent years. The garden also provides the campus catering service with fresh produce in return for compost from the cafeteria used to fertilize the plants while lowering the costs of removal and the effects of emissions.