Closeup of broccoli

ACSF Faculty Fellow Thomas Bjorkman (HORT) leads a Cornell team that has developed a new broccoli plant ideal for the East Coast’s hot, steamy summers 

Better Broccoli for Hotter Summers

July 18, 2013

Closeup of broccoli

ACSF Faculty Fellow Thomas Bjorkman (HORT) leads a Cornell team that has developed a new broccoli plant ideal for the East Coast’s hot, steamy summers. Broccoli softens and becomes bitter and less nutritious with shipping and storage, yet 90 percent of U.S. broccoli travels all the way from temperate California. The Eastern Broccoli Project, based at Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, promises to bring sweet, crisp, local broccoli to Eastern farmers and consumers. More locally grown broccoli will also save diesel fuel, generating fewer greenhouse gases.

The researchers aim to build a $100 million Eastern broccoli industry over the next 10 years, funded by a multimillion-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Collaborators include members of Cornell’s active sustainability of food systems research group, which was launched with ACSF seed funding.

Read more about Cornell’s Eastern Broccoli Project in the New York Times