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Agriculture Tech And Investing Need A Diversity Overhaul - Here's How

Agriculture is still fighting a stigma of being “behind the times”, and this sentiment remains true for diversity within the ag-tech and ag-investment communities. Steps are being taken to address this issue, including this open-sourced list of female leaders in agtech, but more effort is undoubtedly needed.

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A New Way to Grow at Home: Bioreactors Try to go Mainstream

A team of molecular biologists wants you to forget about strawberries and, instead, take “cell jam” for a whirl. In the dead of winter, fresh fruit can be expensive, with soft fruits like berries coming to the United States from Central and South America—sometimes even being flown in. But what if you could grow your own fruit right at home, getting the health benefits of impossible-to-cultivate berries or out-of-season favorites without having to eat pricy imported produce or take supplements?
 

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Massive Greenhouse Project in Rochester, NY nears groundbreaking a year late

Construction should begin this spring on Clearwater Organic Farms, a large hydroponic greenhouse in Rochester, NY where organic leafy greens will be grown year-round. The 475,000-square-foot greenhouse will sit on 13 acres at the Eastman Business Park, an industrial site built to supply Kodak's film products. The Park, and ensuing greenhouse, are part of a wider effort to revitalize areas of New York State.

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THIS ATLANTA BASED STARTUP HAS CREATED THE WORLD’S SMALLEST & SMARTEST GARDEN

Enrich Gardening, an Atlanta based startup, recently began selling what they say is “the world’s smallest & smartest garden.” The small and easy-to-use grow kits are designed to empower everyone to enjoy growing food within their own homes. Enrich has also developed a mobile app which acts as a companion to the grow kits. On the front of every kit there is a QR code that can be scanned by the app. The app will load that very plant into a virtual garden and begin sending you reminders on when and how much to water. 

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Startup is using heat generated from Bitcoin mining to grow food and fish

The hype surrounding cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin is fuelling speculation and a potential bubble that might burst around these decentralized digital currencies. But one of the biggest issues might not be a future crash, but the very real and immediate problem of how much electricity it takes to produce new units of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Canada-based entrepreneur Bruce Hardy, is using the massive amounts of heat generated by the computers that mine Bitcoin to provide warmth for food plants growing under the same roof. 

 

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SOLAR GREENHOUSES GENERATE ELECTRICITY AND GROW CROPS AT THE SAME TIME, UC SANTA CRUZ STUDY REVEALS

In a first of it’s kind study at UC Santa Cruz, tomatoes and cucumbers grown inside electricity-generating solar greenhouses were as healthy as those raised in conventional greenhouses, signaling that “smart” greenhouses hold great promise for dual-use farming and renewable electricity production. 

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