Food Computers & Open Agriculture


The first version of the PFC (Personal Food Computer) and the FS (Food Server).

The Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg) is on a mission to create more farmers for the future of food production. We are developing the open source hardware and software platforms for sensor-controlled hydroponic and aeroponic agriculture systems.

OpenAg Food Computers, as we call them, will serve as tools for users to experiment, innovate, hack, and grow. Every time users grow and harvest, they will contribute to a library of climate recipes that can be borrowed and scaled so that users around the world can gain access to the best and freshest foods.

OpenAg is developing an open-source ecosystem that enables and promotes transparency, networked experimentation, education, and local production. Together, we hope to create sustainable, shared systems that will break down the barrier of entry and spark interest, conversation, and maybe even a revolution about the way we view food.


Farm at the MIT Media Lab

In the 10,000 years of its history, advancements in agriculture have enabled three society-altering revolutions. From the domestication of plants and the resulting first human settlements in 8,000 BC, to the horse and plow and the rise of technology-based societies in 600 AD, and finally to the vertical integration of farming brought on by the mechanization, chemical fertilization, and biotechnology of today, agricultural revolution has always been the driving force behind humanity’s societal progress.

The current industrialized food system feeds 7.2 billion people, of which more than 50% live in cities and only 3% are involved in the production of their own food. With natural resource scarcity, flattening yields, loss of biodiversity, changing climate, and booming urban populations, our current food system is rapidly approaching its natural limit.

What will define the fourth agricultural revolution and how will it impact global societies?