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'Green curtain' DIY: Japan's Kyocera shows us how to cool buildings ...

'Green curtain' DIY: Japan's Kyocera shows us how to cool buildings ... | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

One of the early designs from Japan - a trellis system with rooted vines, minimal cost with great coverage

 

Kyocera is planting green curtains at 28 company locations across Japan. These constructions allow a series of vines to ascend up angled or vertical supports. The resulting green wall of foliage shades the windows, but still ...

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The Lazy Urban Gardener's Safety Net

The Lazy Urban Gardener's Safety Net | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
So, what do you do if you neglected to start your veggies way back in January or February? You had good intentions but there always seemed to be something that stole your attention. Now it’s the planting season and you have nothing to plant...
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Want the Kitchen Nano Garden? Check out the Urban Cultivator

Want the Kitchen Nano Garden? Check out the Urban Cultivator | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
The Urban Cultivator™ brings organic hydroponic herbs and veggies to your own in-kitchen garden. It comes in three models, and you can buy one right now!
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KFC canola switch not a GM comment - Stock and Land

KFC canola switch not a GM comment - Stock and Land | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
KFC canola switch not a GM commentStock and LandBY COLIN BETTLES FAST food giant KFC says its recent switch to use canola oil sourced entirely from Australian farmers has nothing to do with any judgement on GM technology.
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Grand Rapids ministry turns to fish-and-plant-growing venture to create jobs

Grand Rapids ministry turns to fish-and-plant-growing venture to create jobs | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

The new executive director of The Other Way Ministries is Grammy-nominated Christian music artist Wayburn Dean.  The Other Way Ministries also will try to increase its involvement in economic development by pursuing a nonprofit venture in aquaponics.


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5 million Brazil farmers in legal feud with Monsanto over $2 Billion GM soy seed royalties

5 million Brazil farmers in legal feud with Monsanto over $2 Billion GM soy seed royalties | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

Transgenic soy cultivation is spreading like wildfire across Brazil, despite protests from environmentalists who say it leads to increased deforestation and from experts who say it results in less farm jobs."Transgenic soy occupies 44 percent of land under grain cultivation but represents only 5.5 percent of farm jobs," said Sergio Schlesinger, a researcher who slammed the advance of soybean monoculture in his book "the grain that grew too much." He said this highly mechanized monoculture requires little labor and leads to the expulsion of thousands of farm workers...


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Giant Umbrellas Turn a Public Space into a Water Cleaning Art Garden

Giant Umbrellas Turn a Public Space into a Water Cleaning Art Garden | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
The conversion of an intersection in Portland to house a storm water sculpture garden has aesthetic and ecological benefits.
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The water crisis is now | Peak Oil News and Message Boards

The water crisis is now | Peak Oil News and Message Boards | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

By the time you finish reading this article, at least five children will have died because of diseases borne by dirty water.

 

Studies show that by 2025 half the world’s population will not have enough water to meet its needs. Already a billion people do not have access to clean water, and more than two billion lack adequate sanitation. And as scarcity increases, farmers are finding it more difficult to feed the world’s growing population, which could reach nine billion by 2050.

 

A water crisis is happening now, and it compromises our efforts to reduce poverty and promote economic development.

 

This year China experienced its worst drought in half a century, affecting millions of acres of farmland and causing power shortages. In northern Africa, the encroaching desert has been forcing people to resettle and has exacerbated tensions between farmers and herders. And the famine in the Horn of Africa has served as a horrific reminder of the effects of drought and poor water management.

It does not have to be this way – there are solutions.


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Converging Minds: Illumination in Five Years

Converging Minds: Illumination in Five Years | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

Outstanding discussion spanning five years, as you know five years is an eternity in our area ... challenging the status quo is essential to continue innovation  

 

Five years later Despommier reported back with a presentation today about several incredibly successful vertical farms. It is not surprising I guess considering Chu's current role that they are not located in the United States, but ...

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World's Largest Rooftop Fish and Vegetable Farm Planned

World's Largest Rooftop Fish and Vegetable Farm Planned | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

Containerized designs from Europe along with plans for a huge rooftop farm

 

"Honey, run up to the roof and grab a fish and some tomatoes for dinner." It could happen with Efficient City Farming Containerfarms.

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"Intro to Urban Agriculture" Program for Teens - TucsonTopia

"Intro to Urban Agriculture" Program for Teens - TucsonTopia | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona's Youth Farm Project invites youth to be a part of a one-week program on farming in the city.
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Can Urban Farming Change Our World? | Pinchina Consulting

Can Urban Farming Change Our World? | Pinchina Consulting | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

Urban agriculture or farming is transforming so many US communities ... just look at articles on this Scoop.it for ongoing reporting ....  not new or isolated anymore as implied by this blog entry ....

 

Simply put, urban agriculture is just that – food, and sometimes even livestock, grown in a city environment. Low-income populations residing in food deserts – areas that do not have a grocery store within a mile radius – have ...

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New Organic Farm Sprouts Next to BC Place

New Organic Farm Sprouts Next to BC Place | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
British Columbia is famous as the birthplace of the 100-mile diet.  But residents of downtown Vancouver might be enjoying a one-mile diet later this summe...
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Healthy harvest awaits Hub

Go Boston ... proactive efforts to combat food waste and help urban farming efforts

 

The food system is broken. In Boston and around the world, vast amounts of food are wasted while many go hungry. One third of all greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture. Food-related disease is on the rise.

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Federal bill would give nation's hens bigger cages - San Jose Mercury News

Animal activists, foes trying to expand coops...

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Collaboration key to water, food solutions - CattleNetwork.com

Collaboration key to water, food solutionsCattleNetwork.com"Some people describe this as a crisis," said Jeff Raikes, chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, at the global Water for Food Conference Thursday (May 31).
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The Melt adds sizzle to mobile-payment model - USA TODAY

The Melt adds sizzle to mobile-payment model - USA TODAY | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

Technology and the perfect grilled cheese might be the blueprint of future fast food of high quality

 

USA TODAYThe Melt adds sizzle to mobile-payment modelUSA TODAYThe Melt — whose founder, Jonathan Kaplan, sold his previous start-up, Pure Digital Technologies, maker of the Flip HD video camera, to Cisco Systems for $590 million in 2009 — melds...

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The Last Diet You Will Ever Need

The Last Diet You Will Ever Need | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

How do we get healthy, how do we lose weight ... new diet to follow ... avoid all food with LABELS !!!

 

Each of us has the capacity to make the small changes in our lives that will create big changes in our food landscape, our agriculture and even our government policies.

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World Environment Day is This Week! Here's a Sneak Peek at the Rio Celebrations

World Environment Day is This Week! Here's a Sneak Peek at the Rio Celebrations | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
We're heading to Rio for World Environment Day. Here's a sneak peek at what's happening in Rio de Janeiro this week.
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Growing Power to host international urban, small farm conference in September ... - The Republic

Growing Power to host international urban, small farm conference in September ...The RepublicAP MILWAUKEE — About 3000 people are expected to attend an international urban and small farm conference held in the Milwaukee area in September.
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AG Leaders Highlight Importance Of Water For Global Food Security - MarketWatch (press release)

Water and food security are linked and critical ... indoor ag technology can use 90% less water to grow crops in urban environments ... it should be a priority to develop urban indoor controlled environment growing technology

 

AG Leaders Highlight Importance Of Water For Global Food SecurityMarketWatch (press release)Therefore, the time is now for society to understand and adopt technologies in food and agriculture that help ensure water quality and sustainability."- Claudia...

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Aging threatens Texas farms, ranches - San Antonio Express

Aging threatens Texas farms, ranches - San Antonio Express | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

Common thread coming from farmers is the need for a new generation of farmers ... interesting urban farming efforts are usually younger participants who are disenchanted with corporate life ... if there could be a melding of both ...

 

Aging threatens Texas farms, ranchesSan Antonio ExpressThe aging problem is only one of several concerns that threaten Texas agriculture.

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Taking the long view Could the future of agriculture be 'nuts?' - Republican-Leader

Taking the long view Could the future of agriculture be 'nuts?' - Republican-Leader | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Taking the long view Could the future of agriculture be 'nuts?'Republican-LeaderThey were flanked by files of upright, bushy hazelnuts resembling a solid green wall.
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Can Urban Farming Grow Detroit's Economy? | ICIC | New Orleans ...

Can Urban Farming Grow Detroit's Economy? | ICIC | New Orleans ... | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Opportunity in urban farming is not around scale of the farm, it is around the niche market that the farm is going to compete in (e.g. ethnic food or pharmaceutical grade herbs). Detroit specifically offers a large and varied labor ...
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Hastings Urban Farm offers food security and connection to land

Hastings Urban Farm offers food security and connection to land | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Rows of lush kale, beets and lettuce are a-sprouting on a Downtown Eastside lot, where the Portland Hotel Society is growing a new food garden and tackling food insecurity raised by a recent UN visit.
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