SU professor creates 'Tree of 40 Fruit'

Artist's rendering of 'Tree of 40 Fruit'

A pretty spectacular idea is coming to fruition on the SU hill, and art professor Sam Van Aken is getting worldwide attention for this groundbreaking feat.

Van Aken, an art professor, was raised on a farm in Pennsylvania, heard that New Yorkâ??s agricultural station was going to dig up its stone fruit orchard.

Van Aken came up with an ingenious idea to find a permanent home for the seeds that date back thousands of years.

"When I started, it was a matter of essentially collapsing an entire orchard down onto one tree. That was the practical application for it,â?? Van Aken tells CBS News.

The result: a tree that contains 40 varieties of peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums and cherries. This is made possible through grafting.

"I saw somewhere on a website where somebody said that the Tree of 40 Fruit will end world hunger," he told CBS News. "And it's like, 'No, it won't. Not at all.' But what it can do is, I like to think, that it can lead to that type of thinking."

What do you think about the Tree of 40 Fruit? Does it get us any closer to solving the hunger problem in the world today?