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BYU professor to detail solar food dryer project in Fiji during March 6 lecture

Frost Steele, a Brigham Young University assistant professor of nutrition, dietetics and food science, will present a lecture about his solar dryer project in Fiji Friday, March 6, at 1 p.m. in S232 Eyring Science Center.

Admission is free and all are invited to attend.

Last summer, Steele taught how to construct and use a solar food dryer to the people in Fiji. Along with another professor and a group of students, he taught the villagers how to dry foods for food storage.

"Naturally, our project is connected with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' humanitarian and welfare programs," Steele said. "Dried food prepares the people for any economical or natural disasters, especially floods that destroy the agricultural land."

It takes six to nine months after a flood for crops to grow again. Steele explained how food storage could bridge the gap of time with no crops. During a week-long workshop, Steel and his team taught how to prepare, dry, package and store the food, and then how to rehydrate it to be used in a normal diet.

Before teaching at BYU, Steele worked as manager of microbiological research for Imperial Holly Corporation. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from BYU and his doctorate from Purdue University in food science and food microbiology.

For more information, contact Ann Saunders at (801) 422-3912.

Writer: Angela Fischer

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