How to get involved
Co-develop the Bionutrient Meter$377 and a few afternoons at home
We are developing a device to measure nutritional content of food in fields and stores. The long term goal is to use real-time nutritional information to drive more nutritionally dense produce in our food supply. And we're making sure that technology and data remains free (as in freedom).
But we can't do it alone! We need beta testers, citizen scientists, and curious people to keep things moving... currently, we need to better understand...
- How much spectral variation is there in different types of foods from different sources?
- Does that variation relate to taste?
- Does that variation relate to variety, source, time of year, etc?
We will send you the Bionutrient Meter and directions to perform simple experiments at home that will contribute to citizen driven research program. Over time we'll add more experiments and you'll have the chance to create your own. Together as farmers and consumers, we can take control of our shared technological densities!
This type of research is both expensive and hard to do without an active and engaged community, so your participation literally makes it possible.The Bionutrient Meter and kit IS NOW AVAILABLE for pre-order!
Become a Data Partner1 - 3 hours per week throughout the summer and fall
Data Partners are the vanguard of the RFC - so we need you! Data Partners commit to mail food and soil samples throughout the summer and fall to the RFC Lab. The sample flow from Data Partners allows us to:
- Have an independent, geographically diverse survey of food quality in the US
- Correlate actual lab measurements and spectral data, progressing to the goal of a low-cost, handheld device to estimate nutritional content
An effective survey design will define the sampling regime for each Data Partner, so samples come from all variety of farms, farmer's markets, and farms. Collecting these samples in a centralized way is nearly impossible, and your participation makes this kind of survey possible and cost effective.
Data Partners can be anyone, but are often:
We will supply you with whatever you need to be effective, including a phone for collecting the data, bags for shipping samples, soil corers, etc. Contact us to learn more!
Institutional PartnershipsCommitment of time, money, or capacity
Institutional partnerships can vary widely: forward thinking food processors who want to improve transparency of nutrition in their supply chain, farmer organizations who want to begin connecting farm practice to nutritional outcomes, or university labs who want to use and expand on the RFC Lab's suite of measurements to push nutritional research in new directions.
Regardless of your institution, we want to help support your ability to increase nutritional density, in whatever form that takes. To that end, the RFC can provide:
Institutional partners help support the RFC's ability to operate its core functions, including outreach, food quality survey, and the development of a in-field bionutrient meter. The partnership is a commitment to a common goal: to increase the nutritional density of the food supply.