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Will Renewable Energy Be the Focus of Crowdfunding Social Entrepreneurs?

Will Renewable Energy Be the Focus of Crowdfunding Social Entrepreneurs? | Social Entrepreneurship Today | Scoop.it

With the advent of Crowdfund Investing (aka equity or debt-based crowdfunding) will we now see technology merge with social entrepreneurship to solve some of the world’s leading societal problems? 

Businesses measure performance in profit and returns. Social entrepreneurs measure performance in terms of positive impact on society.  Of the many things that a society needs to function are basic necessities like food, water and electricity.  We’ve seen the impact of the ebbs and flows of food in places like India and the necessity for clean water in Africa and the demand for cheap energy on many an island nation where they have to import their energy in the form of fossil fuels.  However with the advent of Crowdfund Investing (aka equity or debt-based crowdfunding) will we now see technology merge with social entrepreneurship to solve some of the world’s leading societal problems?  Probably so.


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Vertical Farms Start To Take Root In Reality: The future of farming may be on the way up--several stories up.

Vertical Farms Start To Take Root In Reality: The future of farming may be on the way up--several stories up. | Social Entrepreneurship Today | Scoop.it
Take away the tractors, gadgets and GMOs, and the world’s first farmers would feel right at home today.

http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680394/vertical-farms-start-to-take-root-in-reality ;

A lot has changed in the last 10,000 years since the first rows were planted in the Fertile Cresent, but the formula remains basically the same: water, sunlight and good soil to grow your crops.

Yet a global population of 9 billion by mid-century means we need to grow about twice as much with less of everything. The future of farming may be on the way up--several stories up.

 

Vertical farms offer the vision of growing year-round, wherever we want, unaffected by droughts and weather-related events, while saving outside space for wilderness and humans. After decades on the drawing board, they are finally being built. The most futuristic examples are in Asia where crowded cities and scarce land has made vertical farming most appealing.

In Suwon, South Korea, a three-story vertical farm using robotics and LED lights has been built, along with a seven-story vertical farm by company Insung Tech in the city of Yongin. The Japanese government also plans to reclaim farming land decimated by the huge 2011 earthquake and tsunami that also includes vertical farming.


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