Posts tagged agriculture
How will we feed the world, if we can't even water our crops?

Global aquifer levels are becoming dangerously low, creating serious trouble for the people, farmers and countries that depend on these fresh water sources. Sustainable farming methods that are less water intensive, such as hydroponics, are becoming increasingly necessary to preserve these essential natural resources.

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CEA: A Solution to Traditional Agricultural Problems

There are many issues with our traditional agriculture system, particularly as it relates to environmental impact. Controlled environment farming methods have the potential to significantly reduce these and many other negative impacts by using less resources and growing food closer to consumers.

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Enter Sensei: a new approach to hydroponics and health

A multi-trillion dollar opportunity is emerging at the convergence of food, technology and rapidly evolving consumer behaviour. While many companies are hoping to capitalize on this new market potential, Sensei, a brand new approach to marketing a hydroponic food production company, are positioning themselves in a more sophisticated industry niche than the competition. 

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Thanks to C-LED we'll now have Italian tomatoes in winter, too

We'll soon be enjoying Italian tomatoes grown in winter--something that, until only very recently, would have been unthinkable in our latitudes. What's made it possible is the advanced technology developed by C-LED, now being supplied (for the very first time) to Fri-El GreenHouse, one of the most technologically advanced facilities in Italy located in Ostellato, in the province of Ferrara.

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Seeds Only a Plant Breeder Could Love, Until Now

Row 7 Seed Company, a new business co-founded by Dan Barber, the executive chef at Blue Hill in Manhattan and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., is working to develop, promote and sell seeds for new vegetable and grain varieties that might otherwise never find an audience.

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FARMING HAS A HUGE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT. ENTER CARBON TRAPPING.

Globally, our food system is thought to account for as much as a third of all greenhouse gas emissions, making it a huge contributor to the effects of climate change. However, there are hopes that the agriculture industry could also be a part of the solution. A paper published in Scientific Reports suggests that the planet’s farmland soil has unrealized carbon trapping potential, and could be used to remove as much carbon from the atmosphere as the transport industry emits.

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How to succeed as a new farmer

The average age of the American farmer was last documented to be 58.3 years old, and is steadily rising. For years, younger people have been leaving their rural farming communities and heading into cities. But recently, for the first time since 1982, it seems as if the younger generation is becoming interested in growing food again - even within cities. In his most recent interview for AGRITECTURE, Henry Gordon-Smith sat down with Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), to discuss the challenges that new farmers face, and the tools and resources available to best help them succeed.  

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WANT A PROFITABLE FARM? GET TO KNOW THIS DATA

Running a profitable farm is hard. Among many reasons, running a farm is difficult because variables are constantly changing. Soil moisture levels, nutrient and fertilizer needs, weather patterns, and the threat of pests are among a few of the variables that often fluctuate. This is why farming is really a numbers game. A successful farm is able to collect large amounts of data, determine what data is actually relevant, and then turn this data into insights and predictive modeling. This is what helps farmers know the current condition of crops and the best next steps.

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TURNING A FOOTBALL FIELD INTO A FARM: HOW THE ‘URBAN WORK COLLEGE’ COULD LOWER COLLEGE COSTS

When Michael Sorrell took over as president of Paul Quinn College in 2007, the place was nearly broke and faced a possible loss of accreditation. Sorrell wasn’t interested in following the usual playbook for running a college, so he took unusual steps right from the start. He cut the football program, for instance, and turned the playing field into an urban farm. 

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