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Urban Agriculture Grows Up: Rooftop Greenhouses and Vertical Farms

Urban Agriculture Grows Up: Rooftop Greenhouses and Vertical Farms | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

A wave of rooftop greenhouses and vertical farms captures the imagination of architects while offering an alternative to conventional cultivation methods.


Community-gardening advocates have sold urban farming as a sustainable local alternative to industrial-scale farming and as an educational platform for healthier living. And municipalities are buying in, adopting urban ag to transform vacant lots into productive civic assets.

In the last two or three years, however, entrepreneurial urban farmers have opened a new frontier with a different look and operating model than most community gardens. Their terrain is above the ground, not in it. Working with help from engineers, architects, and city halls, they have sown rooftops and the interiors of buildings worldwide. “There’s a lot of activity right now, and there is huge potential to do more of it,” says Gregory Kiss, principal at Brooklyn-based architecture firm Kiss + Cathcart.


Visit the article link for more on recent innovations in urban agriculture and vertical farming...


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jean-guy Jais's curator insight, July 3, 2013 7:30 PM

very interesting

Zé Estrada Ar's comment, July 7, 2013 10:51 PM
Fortunately I live in a country filled with big farms, but it's a good iniciative.
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The Pittsburgh startup that has big plans for batteries

The Pittsburgh startup that has big plans for batteries | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Batteries are famously toxic, but Aquion Energy seeking to change that.

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Alice Waters: The number of farmers' markets and young people taking up farming will multiply geometrically.

Alice Waters: The number of farmers' markets and young people taking up farming will multiply geometrically. | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
The chef and author sees a big role for schools in promoting healthy eating and subsidizing real food.

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Waggl, Inspired by Honeybees to Help People Make Decisions, Secures $1M

Waggl, Inspired by Honeybees to Help People Make Decisions, Secures $1M | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

"Michael Papay, chief executive at Bay Area startup Waggl, said his app is inspired by (and named after) the decision making dance that honeybees have used for millions of years.”


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The Oldest Nutrition Advice May Be The Wisest ("eat a little of all fruits & veggies and live longer")

The Oldest Nutrition Advice May Be The Wisest ("eat a little of all fruits & veggies and live longer") | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
There's more nutrition information available to all of us than ever before, but consumers seem more confused about what to eat....

A new study, published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, should give you more reason to pile your plate with fresh produce picks. The study used data from more than 65,000 free-living English adults (at least 35 years old) and monitored their dietary habits and health status for an average of 7.7 years. During the course of the study, some 4,399 subjects died. Using the available dietary intake and mortality data, the researchers found an association between fruit and vegetable consumption and reduced risk for death from all causes, as well as risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer.

Results? Subjects who reported eating seven or more servings of produce daily were 42 percent less likely to die from any cause during the study. In addition, those eating seven or more servings per day reduced risk of dying from cancer by 25 percent and from heart disease by 31 percent, compared to those who reported eating less than a serving per day. Vegetables were found to provide more disease-preventing benefits than fruit. For example, those eating 3+ servings of fruit reduced risk of death by 16 percent but eating 3+ servings of vegetables reduced risk of death by 32 percent.


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, April 7, 7:16 PM

Bottom line: Eat more fruits and veggies. While it's unclear how many servings per day is optimal for overall health, this study shows that three or more servings of vegetables and three or more servings of fruit provided significant health payoffs. Produce may be the only food group that we can safely say, "More is better!"

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A recipe for homemade deodorant that REALLY works! ("tired of commercials; go natural & homemade")

A recipe for homemade deodorant that REALLY works! ("tired of commercials; go natural & homemade") | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
The perfect combination of oils and dry-enhancing powders make this deodorant surprisingly effective all day long.

Recipe for Homemade Deodorant

3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
2 tbsp shea butter
3 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp cornstarch
5 drops essential oil (lavender, orange, etc.)

Make a double boiler by placing a half-pint glass jar in the middle of a small pot of water. Bring water to a simmer. Add coconut oil and shea butter to the jar and let melt. Turn off the heat, add baking soda and cornstarch, and stir until completely smooth. Mix in the essential oil of your choice. Let cool.

At room temperature (which is about 67 degrees Fahrenheit in my house) the deodorant is hard. I scrape out ~1 tsp, roll it into a ball with my fingertips, and apply it directly under my armpits, where it melts and soaks in. In the summer, I’ll keep the jar of deodorant in the fridge, since coconut oil liquefies at 76 F. Some people transfer the deodorant to an old anti-perspirant tube to make application easier.

 

 


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, March 4, 6:53 PM

Homemade recipes may work better than commercial brands. Try natural deodorants! Better than plain "tawas".

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We love DIY @ RISE! Great Info! Read more at http://rise4war.com

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Keystone Report Said Likely to Disappoint Foes on Climate

Keystone Report Said Likely to Disappoint Foes on Climate | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
The U.S. State Department is preparing a report that will probably disappoint environmental groups and opponents of the Keystone pipeline, according to people who have been briefed on the draft of the document.

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People need to realize that trying to stop this pipeline from being built won't stop the oil from being produced. You have to ask yourself is it better to transport this south through the US in a pipeline or west across the Canadian Rockies (either by rail or pipe) because that is the alternative they will seek out if this thing isn't built.

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This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth (by concentrating light 10,000 times)

This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth (by concentrating light 10,000 times) | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

German architect André Broessel, of Rawlemon, has looked into his crystal ball and seen the future of renewable energy. In this case it’s a spherical sun-tracking solar energy-generating globe — essentially a giant glass marble on a robotic steel frame. But this marble is no toy. It concentrates both sunlight and moonlight up to 10,000 times — making its solar harvesting capabilities 35 percent more efficient than conventional dual-axis photovoltaic designs.

 

Go Grid Parity!


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The Sharing Economy: Sharing Isn't Just Nice To Do, It's Changing How We Do Business

The Sharing Economy: Sharing Isn't Just Nice To Do, It's Changing How We Do Business | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
The rise of the sharing economy has created a new class of entrepreneur. Their startups are monetizing everything from tool swaps to unused parking spots in cities, and one of them might be the next Airbnb.

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I am constantly amazed at all the new ways people are finding to share and collaborate!

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Inhabitat's Week in Green: eco-friendly Christmas trees, Kingdom of Erebor ... - Engadget

Inhabitat's Week in Green: eco-friendly Christmas trees, Kingdom of Erebor ... - Engadget | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
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Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.
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Minding Your Mitochondria: Dr. Terry Wahls at TEDxIowaCity

Editor's note: This talk is a personal narrative and is not yet backed by larger experimentation. Dr. Terry Wahls learned how to properly fuel her body. Usin...
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Sea Cucumber Found to Kill 95% of Cancer Cells, Shrink Tumors ("another power food from the sea")

Sea Cucumber Found to Kill 95% of Cancer Cells, Shrink Tumors ("another power food from the sea") | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
A compound in sea cucumber was found to kill 95% of breast cancer cells, 95% of liver cancer cells, 90% of melanoma cells, and 85-88% of lung cancer cells.

previous research on sea cucumber has demonstrated its ability to kill lung, breast, prostate, skin, colon, pancreatic, and liver cancer cells. These extracts have also proven effective in killing leukemia and gioblastoma cells. Looks like we can add yet another food to the list of anti-cancer foods.

Scientists believe a key compound known as frondoside A to be responsible. Frondoside A is a triterpenoid, diverse organic compounds found in the essential oils and oleoresins of plants.

This latest study, published in PLoS One, has confirmed just how powerful frondoside A truly is. Researchers found it to kill 95% of ER+ breast cancer cells, 95% of liver cancer cells, 90% of melanoma cells, and 85-88% of three different types of lung cancer.

“But the benefits of this compound don’t just stop at directly inducing programmed cell death (apoptosis). It also inhibits angiogenesis (the ability of tumors to grow new blood vessels to get their food) and stops cancer metastasizing by impeding cell migration and invasion. Even more intriguing is the ability of frondoside A to activate our immune system’s natural killer cells to attack cancer cells. This has been shown for breast cancer in particular but may also apply to all cancers, because it involves the immune system and not cancer cells directly. This may partially explain why frondoside A was so effective at shrinking lung tumors in mice that it rivaled chemo drugs in performance.”


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Life-cycle study shows current LED bulbs about on par with CFLs, but next-generation twice as good

Life-cycle study shows current LED bulbs about on par with CFLs, but next-generation twice as good | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
We already know that incandescent light-bulbs are on the way out because they're incredibly wasteful, being better at producing heat than light...

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BLC3's curator insight, September 16, 2013 4:33 AM

The Department of Energy created this very useful and informative chart on incandescent lamps vs compact fluorescent vs LED, so that we can smply visualize the energy consumption and full life cycle cost of each of the lamps. It's public service!

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Why Choosing Pet Friendly and Eco Friendly Household Cleaning Products is so Important

Why Choosing Pet Friendly and Eco Friendly Household Cleaning Products is so Important | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Choosing eco friendly cleaning products is important for your pets, especially if they are young, old, or ill … just like us.

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Ally Greer's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:24 AM

Did you know that animals are more susceptible to cleaning products than humans are?

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Using Fungi to Grow Packaging Material

Using Fungi to Grow Packaging Material | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Biology is influencing design and Biomimicry in packaging is a science that studies nature's models and then uses these designs and processes to solve human problems.

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Biber Architects’ American Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 to Honor Food Trucks and Vertical Farming

Biber Architects’ American Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 to Honor Food Trucks and Vertical Farming | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

The United States will celebrate one of its most prized national treasures at the next World’s Fair: the food truck. In honor of the theme of the 2015  Milano Expo—“Feed the Planet, Energy for Life”—the American Pavilion, called American Food 2.0, includes street-level food trucks that will serve up some favorite American dishes.

The pavilion’s most visually distinctive feature, is its hydroponic facade—or, a football-field-length,vertical farm that is planted with harvestable crops. “It is as though a typical horizontal field was rotated (think Inception with a farm field standing in for Paris) to become the side of a building,” said Biber Architects in a statement. “It’s not our proposal for serious urban or vertical farming, which is usually indoors, but a didactic display talking about the past, present, and future of the American farm, and the American diet.”


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Delphine Plasse's curator insight, May 19, 2:06 AM

Marier architecture et initiatives vertes, de bonnes idées pédagogiques!

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Fossil Fuel Industry's Tired Battle Against Clean Energy Is Also A Losing One

Fossil Fuel Industry's Tired Battle Against Clean Energy Is Also A Losing One | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

By Jim Marston The assault on successful renewable energy legislation continues, long after the facts have proven that state renewable policies deliver clean, affordable, and reliable energy solutions that the majority of Americans support.


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Rescuing Vacant Homes, Revitalizing Communities

This inspiring group rehabs vacant homes green and moves them to new, clustered communities, where they are sold to low-income families at cost.

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New Super-Battery Inspired By A Pomegranate

New Super-Battery Inspired By A Pomegranate | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

"Biomimicry provided the inventive spark for the latest, and most promising, revamp of the rechargeable battery. The rechargeable battery, which so often lets us down at the worst moments, has been due for an overhaul for some time now. Indeed, scientists have been slaving away for years on a lithium-ion battery with a longer lifespan. But who would’ve thought that the inspiration for the most promising new design would come from inside a pomegranate?"


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Souped Up Biogas System Turns Brewery Into Green Powerhouse

Souped Up Biogas System Turns Brewery Into Green Powerhouse | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
The Bear Republic Brewing Company in Cloverdale, California is the first brewery to sign onto a new brewery waste-to-biogas system that has some A-list credentials to its credit.

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Not Eating Avocados Often? Here's Why You Should ("forget the myths, you can eat it regularly")

Not Eating Avocados Often? Here's Why You Should ("forget the myths, you can eat it regularly") | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Often deemed a "perfect food", the avocado is considered one of the healthiest foods available. Here is why you should be eating this fabulous food.

Often deemed a “perfect food”, the avocado is considered one of the healthiest foods available. It’s important to understand that a body needs fats, as long as they’re healthy ones. Omega 3 fatty acids are missing in the average western diet, and this missing fatty acid is just one reason for the ‘bad health epidemic’ . It just so happens that avocados are high in omega 3 and omega 6 fats. Avocados are a rich source of wholesome unsaturated beneficial fats with lots of oleic acid, which is good for heart health.

The avocado provides all 18 essential amino acids needed by a body to create complete protein. But instead of going through the effort of breaking down complex animal proteins for usable amino acids, avocados offer complete amino acid kits for your body to use according to its needs.

Avocados are bursting with enzymes, phytonutrients, and are rich in minerals, including the usually deficient master mineral magnesium, which is involved in over 300 cellular metabolic functions. They also help the liver manufacture glutathione, the important master antioxidant that replenishes spent antioxidants.

Vitamins A, much of the B complex, K, E, and C are also available in avocados. The nutrient order of importance is enzymes, minerals, and vitamins. Vitamins won’t work without minerals, and neither minerals nor vitamins get into your cells without enzymes.

 


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How A Giant Mall Parking Lot Turned Into A Park And A Walkable Community Co.Exist | ideas + impact

How A Giant Mall Parking Lot Turned Into A Park And A Walkable Community Co.Exist | ideas + impact | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
News infographics and videos about the future of energy electric cars the environment and food on FastCoExist.com.

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Formula Found for Reducing Oxidative Stress?

Formula Found for Reducing Oxidative Stress? | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

What if you could turn back the clock by reducing the T-bar levels in your blood to those of a child?

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Validated by several studies published on pubmed.gov

 

Available here: www.mylifevantage.com/lletellier

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Natural Immunity: 8+ Natural Antibiotics to Replace the Drugs ("natural is better; time to switch")

Natural Immunity: 8+ Natural Antibiotics to Replace the Drugs ("natural is better; time to switch") | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Worried about getting sick? Instead of turning to antibiotics, here are 8+ foods which harness natural antibiotic properties to boost your immune system.

The overuse of antibiotics has become a modern-day epidemic. These drugs have depleted our natural immunity by killing the good bacteria in our guts and also creating super-bugs that have become resistant to almost any form of prescribed drug around. Instead of making yourself weaker, and depleting your body’s natural ability to cure itself from any number of ailments, try utilizing natural foods and herbs to ditch the Big Pharma meds for good.

1. Astragalus 

2. Onions 

3. Cabbage

4. Honey 

5. Fermented Vegetables

6. Cinnamon

7. Sage 

8. Thyme

There are other natural antibiotics out there too. They include:

Rosemary Coriander Dill, mustard seed Anise Basil Lemon balm Wild Indigo Echinacea Olive leaf Turmeric Pau D’ Arco Cayenne pepper Colloidal silver Grapefruit seed extract Garlic Ginger Oregano oil


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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, November 12, 2013 5:17 PM

My favorite is cinnamon both for culinary and health reasons. Not only does it act as a natural antibiotic, the antioxidants in it boost the immune system in numerous ways. 

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Revamped Wind Turbine Takes Design Inspiration From Dragonflies

Revamped Wind Turbine Takes Design Inspiration From Dragonflies | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it

"When compared to traditional turbines, the Dragonfly Invisible Wind Turbine can withstand stronger winds, and is capable of functioning in low-intensity winds. The technique lies in the slim-line design of the turbines, which is developed to mimic the form of a dragonfly in flight and how it can glide through gale-force winds."


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Green Hornet: F/A-18 Super Hornet Fighter Plane Flies on 50/50 Biofuel Blend

Green Hornet: F/A-18 Super Hornet Fighter Plane Flies on 50/50 Biofuel Blend | midwest corridor sustainable development | Scoop.it
Photo: U.S. Navy, Public domain.Biofuels Probably Have a Brighter Future in Aviation than Ground TransportThe U.S. military is the #1 consumer of oil in the world, and the Navy's ships and planes use a large fraction of the total.

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BLC3's curator insight, September 11, 2013 6:51 AM

It's great to hear that the performance of biofuels is exactly the same and as such, they are not only considered but seen as a reality. We're not sure which is the plant/flower powering but it's good that it is non-competitive with agrifood farming. We hope to hear more of this - and extended to other aviation sectors, hopefully.