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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 […]



Lab grown meat prices have dropped 30,000 times in less than four years and are about 3-4 times more expensive than regular ground beef

March 23rd, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

Lab-grown meat could be on your plate within the next five years. For the past few years, the barrier to getting test-tube meat into the hands of consumers has been the cost of production. In 2013, it was around $325,000 to make this stuff in a lab, but the process has been refined, and the […]



Ikea just launched a DIY flat-pack indoor garden that can feed a whole lot of people at once

March 10th, 2017 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

Swedish architects Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm collaborated with Space10, Ikea’s innovation lab, to design a piece of living furniture that can feed quite a few people, from the looks of it. Called the Growroom, it’s a flat-pack spherical garden that grows plants, veggies, and herbs. “Standing tall as a spherical garden, it empowers people to grow […]



The indoor farming compound founded by Kimbal Musk is now delivering greens

March 1st, 2017 at 11:07 pm » Comments Off

The word “farm” usually conjures up images of lush greenery, animals and Midwestern amber waves of grain. Yet rarely, if ever, does the word invoke a Brooklyn, New York, parking lot. It may sound unreal, but one team of entrepreneurs has set up farms — in shipping containers, no less — to bring fresh produce to […]



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