Posts tagged food
How "Plant" Is Designing The Future Of Food And Education

Now a “reformed capitalist” after many years at Bank of America, Karim Giscombe and his team have launched two new platforms to impact the intersection of food and society. One is Plant, a service provider operating high-tech greenhouses, and the other, Plant4Tomorrow, is a nonprofit research and development initiative that aims to partner with school districts and educational institutions.

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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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Karen Washington: It’s Not a Food Desert, It’s Food Apartheid

Urban farming’s “de facto godmother”, Karen Washington, has been a leader in the battle for food justice for three decades. In this interview, Karen discusses the deeply rooted issues that currently plague urban food systems, and she explains why reframing ‘food deserts’ as ‘food apartheid’ is so important to the end goal of creating equitable and lasting solutions.

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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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Danny Kovach: Greenhouse Builder at Day, Food Systems Visionary at Night

In Vancouver, Canada, Danny Kovach is a visionary working to make his city a better place to live. At his job with BC Greenhouse Builders, Danny designs and sells custom greenhouses for a variety of customers. And outside his job, Danny is an avid member of coFood Vancouver, a neighborhood collective that operates a collaborative garden on a vacant piece of land. It is here, in this community space, that Danny is designing modular systems he hopes will revolutionize the way fresh food is grown and accessed within cities.  

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Urban agriculture firm Gotham Greens will double its footprint in Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gotham Greens broke ground yesterday on the first phase of a 140,000-square-foot greenhouse facility in the Pullman neighborhood on Chicago’s south side. The state-of-the-art indoor farm will be built on vacant land at the former Ryerson industrial site, which is being acquired from Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI), the Pullman-based nonprofit developer.

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Why Rooftop Farming Is the Best Solution for Smart Urban Agriculture

We lose more than 50 acres of American farmland to urban development every hour. And in that same amount of time, our population grows by 240 people. Less land to grow food + more mouths to feed = big problem. But, increasingly, forward-thinking farmers are eschewing the confines of conventional agriculture and growing on what’s traditionally been considered unusable space: city rooftops.

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Unilever Grows U.S. Urban Farming Commitment with New Mission-Based Brand

Unilever announced today the expansion of its U.S. urban farming efforts with the launch of Growing Roots, a new organic, plant-based food brand that will support urban farming with every purchase. The brand builds on Unilever's multiyear commitment to urban farming initiatives, which establishes and funds partnerships to unlock access to fresh foods and nutrition education in communities across the country.

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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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URBAN FARMING IS THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE

The planet is growing more food than ever, and yet millions of people continue to starve worldwide. People are hungry everywhere — in the country, in the suburbs. But increasingly, one of the front lines in the war against hunger is in cities. New technologies are changing the equation, allowing people to grow food in places where it was previously difficult or impossible, and in quantities akin to traditional farms.

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