An egglightened way to combat global food insecurityEmily SinLorena GalvanEdward SilvaTFF Challenge 2013University of California, Davis
The ProblemHens are needy:~12 hours of daylight per day for 15+ daysare needed before they begin producing eggs!Less daylight in the autumn and winter can leave hensunproductive for 4-6 months!!...and poultry farmers and families withmore food scarcity!
However, through consistent light exposure,farmers can keep chickens producing eggs yearround by using...The Solution
What is ?A small, solar-powered LEDthat extends chickens perceivedlength of day, and in turnstimulates year-round eggproduction!
Why ?● Brightness is optimal for chicken stimulation● Panel is weather proofRenewable energy source and"smart" circuit board makes foreasy use and maintenanceThis light can benefit small scalefarmers, the environment, and mostimportantly, food security.By creating more food usingrenewable resources, we are helpingachieve food security sustainably!
Poultry is the second most consumed livestock meat in the world!● Extremely low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions vs. other livestock.● An excellent, lean animal source of protein.● Scavenger eaters: lead to less harmful insects and healthier soils.● Rapid reproduction!○ 21 days to go from "yolk" to a living breathing, chick.● Less land and feed use per pound of meat versus other livestock.● Very low cost of entry for small farmers!Why chickens?...And happily stimulated by light!
s flexibility allows adaptability toilluminate most any chicken housing operation, and its1.5 year battery life speaks to its efficient energy use!Colleagues at the UC DavisProgram for InternationalEnergy Tech. have given usaccess to their fully built unitsfor testing and modification tofind the optimal solar-poweredlighting solution for poultry.
Where?Geographically, we are looking for areas which facelarger variations in day-lengths and seasons.
Next Steps...● Further develop our proof of concept and begin testing.● Conduct outreach to our networks for insight.● Become better oriented with large scale poultry operations.● Develop training curriculum for farmers/ distributors.● Partner with org. that deploy students for development work.● Develop metrics to display impact on achieving food security.
Larger goals...Incite Social Change Increase opportunity for small scale chicken farmers, andin turn bring greater appreciation and value to their work.Create Mass Awareness Demonstrate the value chickens have to globally pressingissues, and encourage well-integrated, conscious solutionsto food security. Also, to become a hub to help spurinnovative solutions in food security using poultryBuilt to Last Sustain more consistent food production year roundthrough easily maintained biological processes, to increasefood and financial fluidity, and to do so in a manner that istimeless.Disrupt the status quo Encourage more poultry consumption versus other moremainstream, larger livestock through a progressive, greensolution using renewable energy in a way that should wowand shake people a bit.