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East African farmers adapt to climate change

East African farmers adapt to climate change

East African farmers adapt to climate change

Farmers in Kenya are combating climate change through planting legumes and trees that return nitrogen to the soil, collecting rainwater in lined water-harvesting pans, and diversifying their farms with different crops and animals, reports TakePart. Many farmers are turning to the ways of their ancestors, planting older crop varieties that can better cope with conditions

The Color of Energy & Innovation: Black

Dark surfaces absorb sunlight and turn it into heat energy. This is the foundation for a breakthrough solution to harness the sun’s energy for cooking, according to National Geographic. After watching women in developing countries spend all day gathering firewood to cook with, Louise Meyer had an epiphany: in areas near the equator with little

Measuring Food Waste Country by Country

The key to feeding a booming world population may not be producing more food but rather wasting less of what is already produced, according the World Economic Fund. A recent story examines which countries waste the most, with developed countries topping the list. In developing countries, food is lost during production and postharvest storage, not

Vertical farming

From New Jersey nightclub to vertical farm

At AeroFarms’ headquarters in Newark, N.J., the company has taken a typical warehouse building and converted it into a test farm—a vertical farm to be exact. According to the NPR article, the company controls the light, temperature, and nutrition these plants receive. They claim that vertical farming uses less energy for transportation, and requires less

The future of bug farming

A recent article on Grist explores the potential and limitations for ramping up bug farming in the United States. While insects such as beetles and crickets are more efficient to grow because their energy goes toward replicating themselves instead of maintaining their body temperature like cows, the environmental benefits from this practice wouldn’t be so

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