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Homegrown is the new local food movement

Homegrown is the new local food movement

The Open Agriculture Lab (OAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has recently suggested that as much as 40% of an urban diet could eventually be produced in a domestic context. According to an article on Circulate, OAL is actively working to develop domestic grow-boxes, which create controlled environments, where deliberate combinations of temperature,

Should chickens eat bugs?

Most farmland isn’t growing food that people will eat—it’s used to grow crops that feed livestock. According to a Fast Company article, a new project—called PROteINSECT—looks at an alternative: What if we fed chickens and pigs with bugs rather than land-intensive soy or corn? Insects can be raised using a tiny fraction of the space

The Floating Greenhouse

Composed of a wood and plastic dome and a base of recycled plastic drums, the Jellyfish Barge is a floating greenhouse that desalinates seawater to irrigate and grow plants. The water gets recycled over and over into a hydroponic system, which allows crops to grow in an inert bed of clay enriched by mineral nutrients.

Cities Lead the Sustainable Food Effort

After a 20th century marked by the rise of industrial food, people are starting to see how much the way we eat affects our bodies, our social structures, and the planet. According to the Vancouver Observer article, cities are leading a charge of healing and connection, driven in large part by local entrepreneurs. With the

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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