Author Archives: Bridgette Smith

A Glimpse at the Future of Food

A Glimpse at the Future of Food

According to an article in the Rude Baguette, the future of food is a spectrum of possibilities. On one end of the spectrum is the need for solutions that address regions experiencing food insecurity and the effect of climate change on global food production. At the other end of the spectrum, sophisticated consumers are demanding

Synthetic Biology Produces Futuristic Foods

Scientists at University College Cork are using synthetic biology to develop prototypes of cutting-edge food products, according to the Irish Examiner. Combined with proper dietary intakes, food products made with synthetic biology will help consumers live healthier lives and improve food safety. One prototype in development is a probiotic yogurt containing a group of bacteria

A Look at Tomorrow’s Dinners

A recent article in The Guardian examined what the future’s foods might look like. Some are new takes on current foods, such as fermented coffee and jellyfish ‘n’ chips, as well as entirely new creations, such as lab-grown meat and allergy-free peanuts. Other future foods might include algae, animal-free milk and egg whites, and crickets.

Real Estate Development Meets Urban Farming

As the real estate market picks up, developers are turning to small-scale urban farmers to be part of their designs, according to a CityLab story. Developers are incorporating edible gardens into the buildings to draw interest and serve as an added amenity for buyers, and farmers see their inclusion as a way to promote their

The Value of Honey Bees

The U.S. population of honey bees is undergoing serious decline due to Colony Collapse Disorder, new pathogens and parasites, and a lack of diverse sources for pollination. Climate Progress reports that the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture will allocate another $4 million for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who agree to grow more plants that are

Vertical farming

Vertical Farming Poised to Reach New Heights

Forty miles outside of Chicago is the largest indoor vertical farm in the United States. Popular Science reports that Green Sense Farms is where micro-greens and herbs are hydroponically grown in racks that are 25-feet high. Indoor vertical farming is environmentally friendly and helps meet the increasing demand for fresh produce among middle-class urbanites. Consequently,

Vertical farming

The New Urban Garden Aims High

Edenworks, a startup company based in Brooklyn, puts a spin on vertical farming to run its aquaponic rooftop greenhouse, according to a story on TechCrunch. It stacks rows of plants to save space, but it also eschews soil, instead feeding its plants manure from the seafood the company is raising. In addition, Edenworks uses sensors

Is There Such a Thing as Local Food?

Is There Such a Thing as Local Food?

An article on National Geographic questioned the definition of local food, exploring how the foods we grow in our backyards likely got there thanks to agricultural explorers who traveled the world looking for interesting crops. David Fairchild, one of the first, introduced the United States to—among others—lemons, Haas avocados, and dates. According to the story,

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