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Current global food production trajectory won't meet 2050 needs

Current global food production trajectory won't meet 2050 needs | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
Crop yields worldwide are not increasing quickly enough to support estimated global needs in 2050, according to a new study.

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It is time that we start looking at new ideas for growing crops worldwide. Urban agriculture can play a major role in meeting these needs.

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Christophe CESETTI's curator insight, June 20, 2013 1:17 AM

• Pearltree "Permaculture" http://pear.ly/Pflj

• Pearltree "alimentation faim nutrition" http://pear.ly/1FCL

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U.S. Food Waste Challenge honors of World Environment Day

U.S. Food Waste Challenge honors of World Environment Day | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
In keeping with this year's theme, the USDA and EPA are launching a challenge to reduce food waste at each step from farm to fork.

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Makerbot Opens New 50,000-Square-Foot Factory In Brooklyn | TechCrunch

Makerbot Opens New 50,000-Square-Foot Factory In Brooklyn | TechCrunch | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.

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John Rudkin's curator insight, June 3, 2013 11:56 AM

3D printing is getting BIG.

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Rooftop farms: The future of agriculture?

Rooftop farms: The future of agriculture? | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
Urban farmers are turning to city rooftops to feed demand for fresh, locally sourced food

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FarmRoof®'s curator insight, April 22, 2013 11:53 AM

Happy Earth Day 2013! Long live the rooftop revolution!

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What if… we could redefine farming?

What if… we could redefine farming? | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
Will Allen is a farmer, but not in the conventional sense of the word: he doesn't live on multiple acres outside of his hometown of Milwaukee, he doesn't driv (RT @JosephRanseth: Urban farm reduces gang violence http://t.co/oLHmeU4TNr)...

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If we could redefine faming we could change our communities by reducing food deserts, extending lives and shrinking waiste lines. Support local growers.

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After the Oceans | Eat + Drink Features | The Best of the Twin Cities | Mpls.St..Paul Magazine

After the Oceans | Eat + Drink Features | The Best of the Twin Cities | Mpls.St..Paul Magazine | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
It turns out there aren't plenty of fish in the sea after all. Meet the Minnesota entrepreneurs and scientists who are starting fish farms to solve a problem they didn't create. (Sustainable fishing, aquaponics, MSP, @DearDara.
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Weeding Corporate Power Out of Agricultural Policies: Communities Mobilize for Food and Farm Justice

Weeding Corporate Power Out of Agricultural Policies: Communities Mobilize for Food and Farm Justice | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
Urban gardeners, PTA parents, ranchers, food coops, and a host of others are organizing to make the policies that govern our food and agricultural systems more just, accountable and transparent.

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Precision agriculture improves farming efficiency, has important implications on food security

Precision agriculture promises to make farming more efficient and should have an important impact on the serious issue of food security, according to a new study.

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Andrew Wisdom - Cities Regain Food Consciousness | Future Cities

Andrew Wisdom - Cities Regain Food Consciousness | Future Cities | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
There is a global shift toward trends like urban farming and homegrown foods that will call for a shift in policy and behaviour as well.

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Veterans Become Farmers - Organic Connections

Veterans Become Farmers - Organic Connections | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
A marine veteran who found social solace through urban farming is giving direction and purpose and helping returning veterans become farmers.

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Eric Smith, MBA Green Business Strategy's insight:

Our Veterans are still serving our country by protecting our food systems.

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Farming News - World's largest vertical farm opens in Chicago

Farming News - World's largest vertical farm opens in Chicago | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
A new urban agriculture enterprise promises to provide sustainable food and healthy job prospects for residents of a Chicago suburb. (Chicago and world’s largest vertical farm.

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ivy kay's curator insight, January 30, 12:15 PM

 "According to the UN, 80 percent of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2050. The planet is expected to be home to 9 billion people by that time, and finding ways to provide enough food whilst avoiding environmental collapse is proving to be one of the most challenging conundrums currently facing humanity" (Farming Online). This is striking information I pulled from this article. As more individuals are opting to live in urban areas and since these areas are now consuming more space and expanding, the question of sustainable farming becomes a concern. Now in the urban areas of Chicago an indoor farm has opened and through the use of advanced lighting technology and farming methods has promised seasonal produce all year long. The company also provides local jobs for the community, and reclaims post-industrial buildings. Because all the produce is grown indoors there is a guarantee that it is away from bugs, diseases and pesticides. The travel time of produce getting to grocery stores is also cut down significantly, and makes the produce fresher than its fellow organic competitors. But how is this farm actually sustainable? “FarmedHere makes use of closed-cycle systems; plants are grown using hydroponics and water is cleaned by tilapia fish, which also provide fertilizer to grow crops” (Farming Online).Hydroponics is the method of growing plants with mineral nutrient solutions in water, there is no soil present. That leaves us to think of how far these new methods could advance, or will the GMO manufactoring of plants continue to prevail?

 

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Aquaponics: An Interview with Sweet Water Organics' Matt Ray

Aquaponics: An Interview with Sweet Water Organics' Matt Ray | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
Nourishing the Planet's Kimberlee Davies spoke recently with Matt Ray, the principal farmer for Sweet Water Organics, an aquaponics training organization in Milwaukee, about his experience in the field of aquaponics.

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Growing Power's Will Allen is the next big thing in farming.

Growing Power's Will Allen is the next big thing in farming. | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it

Growing Power's Will Allen is the next big thing in farming.  In 2012 alone, Growing Power produced more than $750,000 in crops, raised 50,000 fish in its aquaponic beds, and composted more than 43 million pounds of waste.


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Japan Aquaponics's curator insight, March 10, 2013 5:49 AM

Will Allen uses aquaponics as one part of many approaches to growing sustainable food in an urban jungle.  His efforts to bring fresh food to the under-priveledged is remarkable, and inspiring.

Jim Oldfield's curator insight, May 13, 2013 7:25 AM

Will Allen is doing amazing things with aquaponics. He is a self-made leader in urban aquaponics and agriculture.

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Urban Farming Takes Off in Tokyo - The Daily meal

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Urban Farming Takes Off in Tokyo
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This project is just one of many taking root in the wake of Tokyo residents' increased interest in urban farming. Agriculture is a longstanding component of Japanese cultural history.
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Urban Ag Development Plans To Hire Recovering Addicts, Ex-Prisoners

Urban Ag Development Plans To Hire Recovering Addicts, Ex-Prisoners | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
Gary Wozniak is cultivating an urban farming initiative in Detroit that he says could create 18,000 new jobs in the city over the next two decades.
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This is a great way to get people back to work in our communities, providing healthy food and repurposing abandoned real estate. I am glad to be a part of the movement.

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Youngstown school now offering aquaponics, growing opportunities - Farm and Dairy

Youngstown school now offering aquaponics, growing opportunities - Farm and Dairy | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
Youngstown school now offering aquaponics, growing opportunities
Farm and Dairy
YOUNGSTOWN — Seventeen-year-old Mike Jones of Youngstown, Ohio, picks green beans from several plants, suspended in water, in Choffin Career Center's Aquaponics building.
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Urban agriculture blossoms in Ballard - Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce (subscription)

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Urban agriculture blossoms in Ballard
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From an engineering perspective, urban agriculture reduces harmful runoff, increases shading, and counters the unpleasant heat-island effect.
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10 Ideas Driving The Future Of Social Entrepreneurship

10 Ideas Driving The Future Of Social Entrepreneurship | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
The 10th Annual Skoll World Forum, which brought together several hundred of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs to Oxford, has just wrapped for another year.

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Kris Prendergast's curator insight, May 25, 2013 5:00 PM

the movement is accelerating, yet we have so far to go to solve social problems - we need everyone to pitch in and be a changemaker

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A Timeline of Vertical Farming by Jessica...

A Timeline of Vertical Farming by Jessica... | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
A Timeline of Vertical Farming by Jessica Piccolino “ 600 BC - King Nebuchadnezzar of ancient Babylon constructed the Hanging Gardens of Babylon for his homesick wife, Amyitis. The Hanging Gardens...
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Jim Oldfield's curator insight, May 31, 2013 8:03 AM

Think vertical gardening is a new idea? Think again. This timeline shows a rich history of vertical farming going back 2600 years! But today, you don't need to be the King of Babylon to benefit from growing up!

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Sting to produce vertical farming film

Sting to produce vertical farming film | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
Performer has purchased the film rights to 'The Vertical Farm: Feeding Ourselves and the World in the 21st Century'.

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New Windsor organic grower plans $5.7M expansion

New Windsor organic grower plans $5.7M expansion | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
New Windsor organic grower plans $5.7M expansion
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Continental Organics uses a closed-loop aquaponic system that feeds uneaten fish food and fish poop to a wide array of microgreens such as sorrel, kale and Swiss chard.

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Japan Aquaponics's curator insight, April 23, 2013 5:13 AM

As interest in aquaponics heats up, we can see more money being invested in the technology in the US. Let's hope that Japan does not lag too far behind!

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Community gardens may produce more than vegetables

Community gardens may produce more than vegetables | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
People who participate in community gardening have a significantly lower BMIs —- as well as lower odds of being overweight or obese -— than do their non-gardening neighbors, according to a new study.

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Mayor: $20 million hydroponic greenhouse would employ 50 to 70 people - Portage Daily Register

Mayor: $20 million hydroponic greenhouse would employ 50 to 70 people - Portage Daily Register | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
Mayor: $20 million hydroponic greenhouse would employ 50 to 70 people
Portage Daily Register
Portage's industrial park has been selected for a $20 million development that could create 50 to 70 jobs, Mayor Ken Jahn said Thursday.

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Fort Worth urban farming workshops set April 12 and April 24 | AgriLife Today

Fort Worth urban farming workshops set April 12 and April 24 | AgriLife Today | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
More like Urban Farming, but if you've been thinking about selling some veggies, we would love to have you join us. http://t.co/39aplbKXQh

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Urban farming on brink of corporate era

Urban farming on brink of corporate era | Urban Aquaponics Farm | Scoop.it
Urban farming on brink of corporate era chinadialogue A sustainability graduate, she has recently set up a company, Grow Up, to supply and set-up aquaponic sites and is setting up a demonstration site in Bermondsey, close to central London, this...

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Japan Aquaponics's curator insight, April 3, 2013 5:48 PM

An interesting article on the developments in urban farming in a few countries around the world.