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Cooking up ways to feed world PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 12 April 2014 08:37
By the year 2050, there will 9.6 billion people living on the Earth.
Rick Fruth, former chairman of the United States Grain Council, has a problem with that.
"The question is - can we feed this many people?" he said. "Can we do this?"
The answer to his question is global food security, and Fruth shared that message with Bowling Green State University's Global Management and Leadership organization Monday evening.
"Global food security is a national security issue for the United States," he said. "If the rest of the world isn't secure, then we aren't secure."
While it may sound simple, global food security is a complex, political operation that means different things to different people.
For every citizen, this type of security is a right, but that's where the similarities end.
"For you, it probably means going to Kroger and buying a melon that you know you're not going to get sick over.  It means food safety. It means having enough food," he said. "To a lot of people in the world, food security means knowing they'll be able to get enough food to survive."
So knowing the population will increase by more than 51 percent by the year 2100, Fruth explained what three factors will be crucial to feeding the world.
Last Updated on Saturday, 12 April 2014 09:21
Driven to donate gift of life PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 11 April 2014 10:04
Norm Almanson (left), an organ donation recipient, and Rob Holley, the deputy registrar for the BMV of Ohio, share a laugh after the award ceremony at the BMV in Bowling Green. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
It’s a question everyone is asked when going to get an ID at their local Bureau of Motor Vehicles:
“Would you like to register as an organ and tissue donor?”
How they answer that question can save a life.
That fact was on display Wednesday as the Bowling Green BMV was presented with the Front Line Award from Life Connection of Ohio on Wednesday. Five Ohio BMV agencies receive the award annually for their efforts to grow the number of registered organ and tissue donors in the state.
This was the 11th consecutive year that the Bowling Green BMV has received the honor – a distinction unprecedented in the state. In fact, the BG office has won 12 of the last 13 years – only a win by the Perrysburg BMV office in 2002 broke their streak.
“I’m getting the award, but I’m not asking the question,” said Rob Holley, the head of the BG office. “It’s my staff.”
Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 11:49
Fab lab to help inventors get start PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Saturday, 12 April 2014 08:13
If local educators and industry leaders have their way, there may be a new makerspace in Bowling Green.
A group of more than 40 people representing area school districts, colleges, industry and economic development met for an hour Thursday in the former Steve & Barry's site at Woodland Mall.
That space, with the help of a grant being applied for by Bowling Green Schools, would be turned into a makerspace.
Makerspaces are community centers with tools, combining manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype and create manufactured works that wouldn't be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone.
The STEM grant, through the Ohio Department of Education and due next week, is reportedly for between $4 million and $6 million to develop the space.
The makerspace would be called The BiG Fab Lab and will offer opportunities to engage community, education and industry under one roof.
Last Updated on Saturday, 12 April 2014 09:19
Health center to expand services PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 11 April 2014 09:44
Part of the Wood County Health District needs restructuring as the clock ticks on renovations included in a grant to its health center.
The board of health shuffled staff and created new positions Thursday to accommodate more clients and expand services at the health center.
In addition to naming a permanent chief executive officer and creating positions for an expanded pharmacy, board members heard an update on plans to restructure space and create a better flow within the Wood County Community Health and Wellness Center, located within the health district.
The clinic late last year received a federal grant that's expected to become an ongoing funding source as long as its requirements are met, namely serving more patients and offering more treatment options. It has received $787,500 this year and will get $650,000 in 2015, with up to $100,000 in this year's money allowed to go to renovations. The grant will be re-evaluated after two years.
There will be additional exam rooms and a general restructuring that will allow patients to move through clinic areas without creating bottlenecks or the need to return to other areas. Another focus is reconstructing the pharmacy area that will offer patient prescriptions, rather than just samples and basic medications as it does now.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 11:48
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