Posts tagged sustainability
NYC City Council Plans to Boost Food Security And Cut Food Waste

The New York City Council plans to boost food security in America’s most populated city—more than 1 million New Yorkers currently go hungry or lack access to healthy, nutritious food. With this new plan, Council speaker Corey Johnson plans to improve food policy, nutrition in schools, and make fresh produce widely available.

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Bridging the gap between Smart Cities and Smart Agriculture

A conversation with Henry Gordon-Smith, Founder and Managing Director of Agritecture Consulting, about the future of urban agriculture and our cities. Henry will be teaching the Specialization Track ‘Smart Cities and Smart Agriculture’ together with Maeva Dang, on July 23 at the Thought for Food Academy Summit in Brazil.

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An Accountant, A Farmer and A Teacher

For a city to be 'smart', it must include agriculture. This is exactly why the recent AgLanta Conference brought together professionals from far and wide to discuss the future of urban agriculture, 'smart cities', and the important integration that must take place between the two. Our society tends to be heavily siloed, but at AgLanta 2018 the walls were temporarily removed and the discussions and connections that took place were incredible. This was my experience:

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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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ATLANTA SET TO HOST TWO MAJOR URBAN RESILIENCE CONFERENCES IN LATE MARCH

Atlanta is currently a booming city, and home to the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the US. But as the population and economy grows, the city is also looking to reinvent itself from a sustainability standpoint. In 2016, Atlanta was named one of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities, which provides extra resources to develop and implement a robust resiliency strategy. This year, during the last week of March, the city will play host to two major conferences focussing on urban resilience. 

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THE POLITICS OF NYC’S URBAN FARMING: THE CITY NOTICES URBAN AGRICULTURE

On December 11th, 2017, the New York City Council unanimously passed the city’s first-ever urban agriculture policy bill - Int. No. 1661-A. The bill calls for a digital network that would collect information about urban agriculture across the five boroughs through a website. The goal of the bill is to create a comprehensive database of existing urban agriculture organizations and businesses and provide guidance to those who are interested in becoming involved in urban farming. 

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VINCENT CALLEBAUT PROPOSES 3D-PRINTING ‘FARMING BRIDGES’ TO REGENERATE WAR-TORN MOSUL

Vincent Callebaut has presented his winning project for the Rifat Chadirji prize, a competition that called for ideas to rebuild Iraq’s liberated areas in Mosul. Titled ‘five farming bridges’, the concept puts forward the construction of affordable and adaptable bridges topped with modular housing units.

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Nature-inspired water collection system wins $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize®

An international team based in New York City has developed a prototype product that mimics the way living systems capture, store, and distribute water, and has been awarded the 2017 $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation Ray of Hope Prize in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.

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How Brooklyn Is Working Toward a Comprehensive Urban Agriculture Plan

A new piece of legislation in the City Council aims to transform the ad hoc nature of rooftop farms, schoolyard plots and community gardens into a comprehensive urban agriculture plan for the city. 

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Viability of indoor urban agriculture is focus of research grant

Growing crops in controlled environments – in greenhouses, plant factories and in vertical farms – provides alternatives to conventional farming by producing food year-round near metropolitan areas, reducing transportation costs and water use, and improving land-use efficiency. Such local systems also offer valuable educational and psychological benefits by connecting urban people to the food they consume.

At the same time, there is little concrete evidence to show how so-called controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) compares to conventional field agriculture in terms of energy, carbon and water footprints, profitability, workforce development and scalability.

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College students built this $250,000 home that has a hydroponic farm and indoor greenhouse

A new solar-powered home created by a team of graduate students from the University of Maryland, features a wall that uses an agricultural technique called hydroponic farming. That means that produce grows in nutrient-rich water rather than traditional soil.

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This prefab concrete house harvests rainwater with food-growing vertical gardens

Students from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri designed this beautiful solar-powered home completely out of prefabricated concrete. Built to showcase the viability of building with concrete, the spectacular design includes a series of gutters on the exterior that serve as a large-scale hydroponic growing system that can produce food all year round.

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