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Tokyo’s urban train stations turned into farms in an effort to ‘green the city’

March 27th, 2014 at 9:23 am » Comments Off

Soradofarms When you think of Tokyo you you think of smog and skyscrapers, and people, lots of people – you don’t really think of green spaces.  But in an effort to ‘green the city’, officials have given up the space on the roof train stations to make community gardens.    

Bionic plants use nanotechnology to boost photosynthesis

March 20th, 2014 at 10:39 am » Comments Off

Researchers embedded carbon nanotubes in the chloroplasts of the plants to create “artificial antennae.” Plants make life possible. Chloroplasts are the tiny organelles with a plant’s leaves. The chloroplasts use incoming sunlight to split water molecules and then knit together the energy-rich carbon and hydrogen compounds found in everything from food to fossil fuels. The […]

‘Doomsday vault’ keeps over 800,000 plant species on ice

March 18th, 2014 at 11:36 am » Comments Off

Svalbard Global Seed Vault The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, or “doomsday vault,” on a remote Norwegian island in the Arctic Circle took its first deposits in March 2008. The vault’s builders had spent some $7 million and 12 months blasting a tunnel and three chambers into the mountainside’s hard permafrost. To be stored within? Treasure. […]

Indiana Amish farm leads the way to local food security

February 5th, 2014 at 12:50 pm » Comments Off

Greenhouse at Sunrise Hydroponics. There is an Amish farm in Topeka, Indiana that supplies all-natural, sustainable produce, using 90% less water and 90% less land, and that utilizes the most advanced vertical aeroponic technology on earth. You cannot get produce that is more local, fresh, healthy, and sustainable — even in the middle of an Indiana blizzard — like […]

12 amazing examples of environmental art

December 15th, 2013 at 9:05 am » Comments Off

ives of Grass by Mathilde Roussel Soil, wheat seeds, recycled metal and fabric Brooklyn, New York, 2010 Aleta Florentin of Amber Lotus Publishing curated a new 2014 calendar that brings some of the best examples of environmental art all together in one place. This inspiring genre of art beautifully incorporates its natural surroundings in a […]

NASA plans to grow vegetables in space

September 21st, 2013 at 8:54 am » Comments Off

NASA is organizing the Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE) program that will send packs of seed material to the ISS. When humans begin colonizing space there is one challenge we’ll be facing, how to get food to those colonies. The idea of farming in space is hardly a new one.  Astronaut Don Pettit successfully grew a zucchini, […]

Robot plants can learn how to grow just like the real thing

August 10th, 2013 at 9:30 am » Comments Off

Soon, plants may have robotic counterparts. Barbara Mazzolai from the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa and colleagues tips that grow by unwinding material and a mechanism to reduce friction when penetrating the soil. The artificial system will be equipped to detect gravity, water, temperature, touch, pH, nitrate and phosphate.    

Is juicing cannabis better for you than smoking it?

August 7th, 2013 at 9:50 am » Comments Off

Cannabis is known to most of us as either a drug, a plant, or simply a flower. But now it’s being regarded as a vegetable, particularly because of the double whammy of health benefits not only from consuming the plant but also juicing it.    

GrowUpBox: A shipping container farm that grows tilapia and salad greens

June 28th, 2013 at 10:02 am » Comments Off

GrowUp’s Kickstarter-funded aquaponic farm is a circular ecosystem with 150 fish, all self-contained in a box. At the Marlborough Playground in London this summer you’ll see a modified, upcycled shipping container with a greenhouse on top–dubbed the GrowUpBox.  It is producing both fresh vegetables and fresh fish, all in one compact set-up.    

Can urban farms feed a hungry world?

June 20th, 2013 at 8:36 am » Comments Off

Vertical Harvest’s three-storey-tall hydroponic greenhouse. By 2050, there will be billions more hungry people in the world. Growing our food on vertical farms or under radical new lighting systems may be key to ensuring they have enough to eat. (Pics)    

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