Project 93: Frequently Asked Questions
What is Project 93?
We believe the future of food is about building healthy communities to empower personal and sustainable growth. How do we make this belief a reality for everyone?
Project 93 is a thought experiment. The founder of 1AU, Nilesh Morar, challenged himself to eat locally grown lettuce for 93 days in a row and share his journey to elucidate the problem of food deserts. He defines "locally grown" as within 50 miles of where he lives.
Many of us live in a routine perhaps unaware of what is happening in the world around us. The journey will start with Nilesh's normal daily life. He looks forward to sharing lettuce with others as the project progresses.
When will it start and end?
Starts April 3, 2018 and ends on July 4, 2018 (Independence Day in the United States). This is a fortunate coincidence.
How can I be involved?
By growing, eating, or sharing lettuce! Share a picture and your reflection or experience about hunger and food deserts. Include any identifying information you wish to share, for example, your name and city, state, and country (if outside the United States) that you are from. You can reach us by messaging or mentioning us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Feel free to post directly on our Facebook page. You can also contact us at 1AU. We'd love to hear your thoughts.
How do I follow along?
Where are you located?
Earth. We don't have the resources to go to Mars or the Moon to solve the food desert problem there.
We're focused on Dallas, Texas. Dallas has the highest child poverty rate in the U.S. among cities larger than 1 million people. In 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture labeled half of South Dallas a food desert.
If the Dallas community can solve its food desert problem, we’ll be able to help solve it in other cities in the United States and around the world.
Is this a fast?
No. But Nilesh is considering a fast on some days.
Anyone can grow lettuce, it is healthy, and doesn’t have the dangers of the cinnamon challenge.
What is a food desert?
The United States Department of Agriculture defines food deserts as “parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers.”
1AU (1 Astronomical Unit) equals 93 million miles, the distance between the Sun and Earth. We don’t have 93 million days (about 250,000+ years) so the project length is 1 day for each million mile. Hunger is a global issue. According to the World Food Programme approximately 800 million people experience chronic hunger on our planet.