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Algae can be a big cost-cutter in making drugs

Algae can be a big cost-cutter in making drugs | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

Expensive biotech drugs now made in high-tech manufacturing plants can be grown much more cheaply in genetically engineered algae, according to a paper published Monday in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

Manufacturing costs can be reduced by 90 percent for these drugs, translating into half off their sales price, said Stephen Mayfield, a UC San Diego professor and senior author of the paper. The savings would provide financial relief to patients, health insurers and the federal government -- and the technology could boost San Diego's growing algae biotech sector.

 

The technology could make obsolete the manufacturing plants that grow specialized mammal cells in carefully monitored and chemically controlled vats, plants that cost hundreds of millions to build.

In their place would stand greenhouses containing transparent plastic bags filled with algae, water and diluted fertilizer. In Mayfield’s vision, scientists will design drugs on a computer, get the appropriate DNA by mail order from a manufacturer, then slip the DNA into the algae of choice. Ramping up production would be simply a matter of adding more bags.


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This Free Cookbook Shows You How to Eat Healthy and Well For $4 a Day

This Free Cookbook Shows You How to Eat Healthy and Well For $4 a Day | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Eating good food that's both healthy and cheap seems to be an unattainable golden trifecta to most people. Student author Leanne Brown took up the challenge to find a way to eat well for $4 a day. The result is a a cookbook that you can download for free.
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New York City's Green Carts Bring Fresh Produce to Food Deserts

New York City's Green Carts Bring Fresh Produce to Food Deserts | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Top image credit: Illumination Fund. Obesity and diabetes often plague cities. Such is the case for New York City where 40 percent of school kids are considered obese. One of the main drivers in New York and other cities is the lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables in low income communities.
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Whole Foods will bring you groceries by bike

Whole Foods will bring you groceries by bike | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
When you're done rolling your eyes, here's why it's a good thing.
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Whole Foods to Open More Inner-City Stores | InvestorPlace

Whole Foods to Open More Inner-City Stores | InvestorPlace | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
With the success of a new store in Midtown Detroit, upscale Whole Foods Markets is looking to open more inner-city locations.
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Brooklyn Whole Foods to deliver by cargo bike

Brooklyn Whole Foods to deliver by cargo bike | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Whole Foods Third & 3rd partners with Peoples Cargo to develop a custom cargo bike with cooler and electric assist.
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Locally Grown Foods Becoming More Popular, Mainstream

Locally Grown Foods Becoming More Popular, Mainstream | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore.
A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions like Thom...
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Great news!

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The food business will be the next one to be forever altered by online tech; bet on it - I am!

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Featured news - Study reveals how gardens could help dementia care - University of Exeter

Featured news - Study reveals how gardens could help dementia care - University of Exeter | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
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Urban farm in the middle of Montrose thrills foodies while giving refugees the opportunity to grow - 2014-Jul-12

Urban farm in the middle of Montrose thrills foodies while giving refugees the opportunity to grow - 2014-Jul-12 | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
An urban farm on the edge of the University of St. Thomas is providing Houston shoppers with fresh produce and refugees a chance at a better life. In this week's ...
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Everything You Need to Know About Vegetable Gardening in One Graphic

Everything You Need to Know About Vegetable Gardening in One Graphic | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Vegetable gardening is both an art and a science. Figuring out when and where to plant the vegetables, what pests to look out for, when to harvest, and all the other fine details could be enough to make anyone dizzy. Luckily, there's this infographic with all the info.
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This former semiconductor factory is now the world's largest indoor farm, producing 10K heads of lettuce per day

This former semiconductor factory is now the world's largest indoor farm, producing 10K heads of lettuce per day | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
This indoor Japanese farm uses LED lights and hydroponics to produce lettuce 2.5 times faster, with just 1% of the water, when compared to an outdoor farm.
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Charlie Dare's curator insight, July 11, 3:31 PM

There is a PDF download here that may be of particular interest to to the LinkedIn Professional Aquaponics Group I delighted to be a member of with many cutting edge informative members that share information about automation and aspirations to contribute to future global food security ~ It takes money to make money~ I,m biased towards Family farms but are not oblivious to the fact that factory corporate farming has and is part of every day food production on a scale beyond the reach of the family farm~ It may offer opportunities to those who maybe dealt a bad hand by fate in this new innovative food production method by capitalizing on the knowledge they have after going bust on their own as many ventures have to-date ~

[ http://www.fieldrobotics.org/~ssingh/VF/Challenges_in_Vertical_Farming/Schedule_files/SHIMAMURA.pdf  ]

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PlateJoy Delivers Healthy Food to Your Door When You Need It

PlateJoy Delivers Healthy Food to Your Door When You Need It | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
PlateJoy recommends recipes for every meal of the day based on a customer's family size and dietary restrictions and delivers the food within 24 hours.
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Vegetarians live 20% longer, according to massive study

Vegetarians live 20% longer, according to massive study | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
A new study from Loma Linda University analyzed 73,000 people and came to the conclusions that vegetarians live much longer and cut greenhouse gas emissions considerably.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, July 11, 6:20 AM

Serious truth in this. 

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Vertical Farming Unit On Display 

Vertical Farming Unit On Display  | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
For all you lucky Las Vegas folks, stop by this Sunday, July 13th from 12noon to 2pm for a special gathering at The Window at the Odgen in Downtown Las Vegas .  Our own Marilyn Yamamoto celebrity...
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Loopy vertical farm proposed for Singapore

Loopy vertical farm proposed for Singapore | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
There isn't a whole lot of land in Singapore; it is one place that vertical farming might make economic sense.
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Food 3.0 & the Instacart anomaly

Food 3.0 & the Instacart anomaly | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
The evolution in food startups seems to have bypassed Instacart’s broad, digital grocery store. But drill deeper and Instacart holds the potential to be the most powerful consumer-facing food ecosy...
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Kids Break New Ground, Kind Of Aquaponics

Kids Break New Ground, Kind Of Aquaponics | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
A group of teens in a summer service camp have built Salem-Keizer School District’s first aquaponics garden at Parrish Middle School.
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Detroit Aquaponics Business Combines High-Tech Ag, Social Justice Mission

Detroit Aquaponics Business Combines High-Tech Ag, Social Justice Mission | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Many of Detroit's urban agriculture ventures have a down-on-the-farm feel to them, but not the CDC Farm & Fishery.
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One of the 1000 meter tall skyscrapers proposed in China for 2018 could have 100 stories of vertical garden or vertical farm and they are not SkyCity

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Organic food has real nutritional benefits

Organic food has real nutritional benefits | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
When compared to conventional produce, organic has more antioxidants, fewer toxic metals, and less pesticide residue.
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Study of Organic Crops Finds Fewer Pesticides and More Antioxidants

Study of Organic Crops Finds Fewer Pesticides and More Antioxidants | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
A comprehensive review of earlier studies found higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides in organic fruits and vegetables compared with conventionally grown produce.
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Robots Able to Pick Peppers, Test Soil, and Prune Plants Aim To Replace Farm Workers

Robots Able to Pick Peppers, Test Soil, and Prune Plants Aim To Replace Farm Workers | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
At the turn of the last century, nearly half of the American workforce was dedicated to agriculture. Industrial inventions like the steel plow had
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The History of Aquaponics - Aquaponics Academy

The History of Aquaponics - Aquaponics Academy | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
In this episode of Aquaponics Academy, Dr. Nate Storey of Bright Agrotech dives into the history of aquaponics and how aquaponics has evolved.
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Charlie Dare's curator insight, July 12, 3:25 AM

Podcast`s desighned to overcome common Aquaponics problems~

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Downtown Honolulu's Pacific Guardian Center installs living walls - Pacific Business News

Downtown Honolulu's Pacific Guardian Center installs living walls - Pacific Business News | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Brian Moore, asset manager for the Pacific Guardian Center, told PBN that the designs of the living walls mirror the names of the towers, with the Makai Tower’s design representing ocean and the Mauka Tower representing the mountains.
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Earth School EnviraPod Education Center

Earth School EnviraPod Education Center | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
We're building an 'off-the-grid' environmental education center, constructed from eco-friendly materials and running entirely on renewable resources.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, July 11, 6:19 AM

This is what we all should be endorsing.

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Urban Food Factories - Google+

Urban Food Factories - Google+ | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
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