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Underwater farmers grow strawberries in balloon gardens

Underwater farmers grow strawberries in balloon gardens | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

This is a snapshot of life at one of the world's strangest farms. In the eerie blue light, a diver drifts between underwater greenhouses, where the first seeds of the year – basil, strawberry, lettuce and beans – were planted last week. The transparent "biospheres" beneath the Bay of Noli, in Savona, Italy, are part of the three-year-old Nemo's Garden project, which aims to find innovative ways of growing crops in places that lack freshwater or fertile soil.


Resembling large balloons, the air-filled structures are anchored to the sea floor and float between 5 and 10 meters below the surface. Inside, water condenses on the roof of the spheres, dripping back down to keep the plants watered, while the warm, near-constant sea temperature nurtures the plants.


The site is equipped with four cameras that stream back live video, allowing the unusual farmers to be watched in action online. Sensors collecting live data can also be monitored from a website, revealing for example the humidity and air temperature in the greenhouses. It's not the only unlikely garden around. An island of green was built in the middle of a sea of garbage in Djenné, Mali.


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Innovative ideas for future food production?
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Greek villagers' secret weapon: Grow your own food

Greek villagers' secret weapon: Grow your own food | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
KARITAINA, Greece (AP) — Ilias Mathes has protection against bank closures, capital controls and the slashing of his pension: 10 goats, some hens and a vegetable patch.
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Seed to Harvest in 7 Days ...

Seed to Harvest in 7 Days ... | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Here is the final installment of our radish saga. We took our new Countertop Unit with LED's that we have dubbed the MicroHerb Station and grew out two radish mixes for 7 days. I took about 3 days to...
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Farming News - London s underground farm prepares to open

Farming News - London s underground farm prepares to open | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Growing Underground, London’s first subterranean farm, will start trading for the first time in mid-July.
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Jerome Peloquin's curator insight, July 2, 12:24 PM

Cargil owns a number of great salt mines that would be excellent for  this growing.  Also, many urban areas have underground spaces that could accommodate a vertical strategy.  Wonderful thermally stable, bio secure, and easily isolated from persts, etc.

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School gardens cultivate young minds

School gardens cultivate young minds | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Walter Bracken Elementary is among dozens of Clark County schools that, thanks to local nonprofit Green Our Planet, have on-campus gardens ....
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First Look at MicroFarm ONE+

First Look at MicroFarm ONE+ | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
We are excited to bring you the first photos of the initial working prototype of our new MicroFarm ONE+ countertop unit with LED lighting. Building on our initial MicroFarm ONE design we have...
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What are the best hydroponic crops for me to grow?

What are the best hydroponic crops for me to grow? | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Hi Growers!In my 30 years as a commercial grower and consultant, the question I am most often asked is “So, what REALLY is the best and most profitable crop for me to grow?." I have observed with amusement (and sometimes dismay) the never-ending debates over the best crop selections for both novice and experienced growers alike.What is the ideal crop for me?My answer is always the same:  “There is none!”Appropriate crop selection is one of the most critical factors in proper hydroponic busi
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Study: Most Americans could be fed by locally grown food; Big news for Central Appalachian local foods movement

Study: Most Americans could be fed by locally grown food; Big news for Central Appalachian local foods movement | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
A new University of California study has revealed that …
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Eric Larson's curator insight, June 25, 12:41 PM

We need to eat locally grown foods.

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Accelerated greenhouse growth to help feed the world

Accelerated greenhouse growth to help feed the world | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
More than 100,000 more people will sit down to dinner compared to the previous day. There could be 11 billion mouths to feed by the end of this century.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, June 25, 12:46 PM

Would this help?

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How Climate Change is Transforming Food Culture in Greenland

How Climate Change is Transforming Food Culture in Greenland | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
The town of Ilulissat, with the icebergs of Disko Bay behind it.
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Architect's future 'Vegetal Cities' merge nature with the man-made (Video)

Architect's future 'Vegetal Cities' merge nature with the man-made (Video) | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
For this architect, he city of the future is not built -- it's planted, grown, pruned and grafted.
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The Least Unhealthy Items at Seven Popular Fast Food Joints

The Least Unhealthy Items at Seven Popular Fast Food Joints | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Fast food is hardly health food, but when you’re on the road or it’s late at night, sometimes it’s your only option. These are the menu options to look for that will fill you up without filling you out.
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Chemists devise technology that could transform solar energy storage from microseconds to weeks

Chemists devise technology that could transform solar energy storage from microseconds to weeks | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

A new technology developed by chemists at UCLA is capable of storing solar energy for up to several weeks. 

 

The materials in most of today’s residential rooftop solar panels can store energy from the sun for only a few microseconds at a time. A new technology developed by chemists at UCLA is capable of storing solar energy for up to several weeks — an advance that could change the way scientists think about designing solar cells.

 

The findings are published June 19 in the journal Science. The new design is inspired by the way that plants generate energy through photosynthesis.

 

“Biology does a very good job of creating energy from sunlight,” said Sarah Tolbert, a UCLA professor of chemistry and one of the senior authors of the research. “Plants do this through photosynthesis with extremely high efficiency.”

 

“In photosynthesis, plants that are exposed to sunlight use carefully organized nanoscale structures within their cells to rapidly separate charges — pulling electrons away from the positively charged molecule that is left behind, and keeping positive and negative charges separated,” Tolbert said. “That separation is the key to making the process so efficient.”

 

To capture energy from sunlight, conventional rooftop solar cells use silicon, a fairly expensive material.  There is currently a big push to make lower-cost solar cells using plastics, rather than silicon, but today’s plastic solar cells are relatively inefficient, in large part because the separated positive and negative electric charges often recombine before they can become electrical energy.

 

“Modern plastic solar cells don’t have well-defined structures like plants do because we never knew how to make them before,” Tolbert said. “But this new system pulls charges apart and keeps them separated for days, or even weeks. Once you make the right structure, you can vastly improve the retention of energy.”

 

The two components that make the UCLA-developed system work are a polymer donor and a nano-scale fullerene acceptor. The polymer donor absorbs sunlight and passes electrons to the fullerene acceptor; the process generates electrical energy.

 

The plastic materials, called organic photovoltaics, are typically organized like a plate of cooked pasta — a disorganized mass of long, skinny polymer “spaghetti” with random fullerene “meatballs.” But this arrangement makes it difficult to get current out of the cell because the electrons sometimes hop back to the polymer spaghetti and are lost.

 

The UCLA technology arranges the elements more neatly — like small bundles of uncooked spaghetti with precisely placed meatballs. Some fullerene meatballs are designed to sit inside the spaghetti bundles, but others are forced to stay on the outside.  The fullerenes inside the structure take electrons from the polymers and toss them to the outside fullerene, which can effectively keep the electrons away from the polymer for weeks.


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Ra's curator insight, June 23, 5:27 PM

"A new technology developed by chemists at UCLA is capable of storing solar energy for up to several weeks."

changes to solar panel construction that could do away with the need for bulky battery storage or any connection to the grid. Rural camp site looking brighter, although maybe somewhere in the future. 

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This Desktop Farm Is Like A 3-D Printer For Fresh, Natural Food

This Desktop Farm Is Like A 3-D Printer For Fresh, Natural Food | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Run a little farm, right on your desk.
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Fresh and Live the Microsoft Way

Fresh and Live the Microsoft Way | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
I just read this wonderful article on the way Microsoft has taken on the challenge of providing the finest of fresh foods by going one better and using on site growing to provide live foods that go...
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Vertical farming: A hot new area for investors

Vertical farming: A hot new area for investors | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
One of the hottest new areas for early-stage investors right now is vertical farming, says investment banker Craig Lawson.
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Jerome Peloquin's curator insight, July 2, 12:21 PM

I think this is Vertigrow and if it is ... I believe they are out of business

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What Can Restaurants Do in the Fight Against Climate Change?

What Can Restaurants Do in the Fight Against Climate Change? | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
San Francisco’s forthcoming The Perennial restaurant and the nonprofit ZeroFoodprint are attempting to make carbon neutral a realistic goal for the food industry.

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Jerome Peloquin's curator insight, July 2, 12:28 PM

Aquaponics makes the case for the only real sustainable farming method available ...much more that traditional organic, much more even than Hydroponic ... and it produces both protein and vegetables.  An aquaponic farm makes the perfect backdrop for a sustainable food experience.

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What a Difference a day Makes ...

What a Difference a day Makes ... | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
24 little hours ... these photos highlight how our microgreens are responding to the LED lighting in our new MicroFarm ONE+ unit. The plants love the lights as you can see and are filling out rapidly...
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90 percent of US could live on food grown entirely within 100 miles

90 percent of US could live on food grown entirely within 100 miles | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
New farmland-mapping research shows the country’s surprising potential when it comes to eating more locally.
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What It's Like To Go A Year Without Processed Food

What It's Like To Go A Year Without Processed Food | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Only about 8 percent of people stick to their New Year's resolution. Food writer Megan Kimble is one of them. Back in January of 2012, the then-26-year-old made a goal to eat only unprocessed foods fo
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Unprocessed foods???

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Report shows overweight Americans headed toward more severe obesity

Report shows overweight Americans headed toward more severe obesity | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
According to the latest data in the US, some 37% of women and 35% of men are obese, outnumbering the percentages of people who are just overweight
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Can Vertical Gardens End World Hunger?

Can Vertical Gardens End World Hunger? | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Israeli startup GreenWall, which installs vertical gardens, hopes to end world hunger by growing rice, corn and wheat on buildings.
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Russian Deputy PM Confirms ‘Clean Products’ Benefit of GMO Free Agriculture

Russian Deputy PM Confirms ‘Clean Products’ Benefit of GMO Free Agriculture | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich has announced that Russia will not use genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to increase productivity in agriculture, while he was speaking on Friday at a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Source: www.interfax.ru “Russia has chosen a different path. We will not use these technologies”, he said. As a result […]
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Five Tricks I Used to Beat My Unhealthy Eating Habits

Five Tricks I Used to Beat My Unhealthy Eating Habits | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
I was an active kid growing up, so I didn’t worry much about food until I left home for college and wanted to avoid the "Freshman 15." I began experimenting with different eating habits to find the balance between being healthy and not entirely sacrificing foods I loved (chicken burritos with guacomole and Cholula sauce–I’m looking at you).
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General Mills to drop artificial ingredients in cereal

General Mills to drop artificial ingredients in cereal | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — General Mills is dropping artificial colors and flavors from its cereals, the latest company to respond to a growing desire for food made with ingredients people see as natural.
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