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These drones can plant 100,000 trees a day

September 16th, 2017 at 6:48 pm » Comments Off

It’s simple maths. We are chopping down about 15 billion trees a year and planting about 9 billion. So there’s a net loss of 6 billion trees a year.



Big-name tech investors are pouring millions into the marijuana industry

September 11th, 2017 at 10:44 am » Comments Off

OAKLAND, California – The storied Silicon Valley venture firm Benchmark Capital has launched a slew of tech companies: Twitter, Uber, Snapchat, Instagram. Now its search for the next big thing has led it to … pot.



Bill Gates and Richard Branson are investing in a mysterious new meat

August 31st, 2017 at 12:34 am » Comments Off

Just as Whole Foods shareholders and the Federal Trade Commission gave the green light to Amazon’s $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods, news broke that a number of high-profile investors—including billionaires Bill Gates and Richard Branson—have decided to pour their money into a very different sort of food venture: Memphis Meats, a San Francisco-based company […]



South Korea is building a $10 billion agriculture city in Egypt

August 29th, 2017 at 9:25 am » Comments Off

Within six months, 311,400 acres of land in Egypt will be transformed into an agriculture city. The $10 billion deal was signed on Tuesday by Egypt and the Korea-Arab Society (KAS). The project will feature 50,000 smart greenhouses in addition to a number of seawater desalination and solar power plants.



MIT’s food computer is changing the future of the way we eat

August 6th, 2017 at 10:57 am » Comments Off

When was the last time you ate something you grew? For many of us, the answer might well be “never.” Farming, increasingly, is something that happens in distant states or even distant lands, with the results flown or trucked in for us to pick over. But how we eat is straining the environment, and as […]



Disrupting the cow: This plant-based burger smells, tastes and bleeds like the real thing

July 12th, 2017 at 8:24 am » Comments Off

Pat Brown wants every piece of meat consumed in the world to be made entirely from plants. He’s going after the carnivores — and the meat industry that serves them red, bloody, marbled meat.



Hampton Creek is now growing its own meat in labs—and it says it will get to stores first

July 9th, 2017 at 1:04 am » Comments Off

The maker of vegan mayonnaise has been working on getting lab-made meat onto dinner tables everywhere. It’s just that nobody knew about it.



Tarzan the swinging robot could be the future of farming

May 4th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

Some farmers already use drones to monitor their crops, but a team of researchers from Georgia Tech have created a far more interesting alternative. Instead of designing yet another drone, they created a robot inspired by Kristen Bell’s favorite animal: the sloth. However, they named it “Tarzan” after the most recognizable character who moves by swinging from vine […]



Researchers grow heart tissue on spinach leaves

April 8th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

In this sequence, a spinach leaf is stripped of its plant cells, a process called decellularization, using a detergent. The process leaves behind the leaf’s vasculature. Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) were able to culture beating human heart cells on such decelluralized leaves. Credit: Worcester Polytechnic Institute Researchers face a fundamental challenge as they […]



This Kenyan Startup Uses Mobile Phones To Build Credit For Farmers

April 5th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

If you want to help the world’s poorest, help them to farm. So says Bill Gates, and it makes sense. More than three-quarters of the poorest live in rural areas and most are smallholder farmers working less than two acres. They often lack the seeds, machinery, livestock, and finance they need to grow, so they struggle […]



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