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Genetically modified algae could soon show up in food, fuel, and pharmaceuticals

Researchers created souped-up algae that can thrive outdoors<p>Algae can be used for anything. You can grind it into cattle feed or squeeze it into jet fuel. You can even make it into algae butter.<p>For now, algae-based products remain woefully expensive, but a group of California scientists is working …

Biofuel

Small farmers are the future of global food security

Smallholder farmers have become the most important piece of the global agricultural system. Small farmers feed close to 80 percent of the total …

Agriculture

This incredible vertical farm skyscraper could feed an entire town

This year's first place winner is the Mashambas skyscraper, a vertical farm tower that would be able to feed an entire town in sub-Saharan Africa. The conceptual skyscraper could also be disassembled, and moved to different locations where communities need it.<p>Designed by Polish architects Pawel …

How Vertical Farming Could Save the Planet

"Take a leaf; just use your hand." Tom Colicchio directed a group of guests at dinner at River Park, instructing us to smell then take a bite of a …

Africa needs its own version of the vertical farm to feed growing cities

Bright Agrotech via Wikimedia Commons<p>Vertical farms use high tech lighting and climate controlled buildings to grow crops like leafy greens or herbs …

Interview: Damian Solomon of MedMen

<i>In this Grow Operation Overview by Growers Network, we interview Damian Solomon, Director of Cultivation for MedMen. Damian has worked for some of</i> …

Farming

Africa Needs Own Version of the Vertical Farm to Feed Growing Cities

Growing lettuce at a vertical farm.<p>analysis<p>The Netherlands is building its first large-scale commercial vertical indoor farm. It's expected to serve …

Urban farming utopia in India produces more energy than it uses

1/30<p>Hyperions by Vincent Callebaut<p>Most urban centers have a bad rap for pollution and energy consumption, but the cities of the future could be very …

Scientists in Peru Have Figured Out How to Grow Potatoes on Mars

Who's ready for some space fries?<p>Thanks to the International Potato Center (yes, there is such a thing), when Leonardo DiCaprio travels to Mars IRL, as he is planning to do, his diet could include some way more exciting snacks than Tang and freeze-dried ice cream. That's because scientists from the …

A guy who made tools to catch terrorists is now using bomb-sensing technology to grow food

When necessary, the US military employs devices containing ultra-sensitive sensors that can detect if a bomb will explode nearby.<p>Now, oddly enough, that same technology is being used to monitor and grow food.<p>Ag-tech startup FluxIoT has built a robot named Eddy with the same kind of military-grade …

Edible Innovations: Plant This Seed Kit to Grow Microgreens All Year

<i>From Singapore to the USA and all around Europe,</i> Edible Innovations <i>profiles food makers that engage in improving the global food system at every stage, from production to distribution to eating and shopping. Join us as we explore the main trends in the industry from a maker perspective. Chiara</i> …

How Much Can Container Farms Really Grow?

Misguided apples-to-oranges comparisons are hurting the indoor farming industry.<p><i>This post is a part of a continuing</i> <i>conversation</i> <i>about container</i> …

Growing Tomato Plants Hydroponically

My neighbor grows the most gorgeous tomatoes and as we’ve been having a competition of sorts – best Christmas lights, nicest lawn, best tomatoes…you …

Gardening

All you need to automate your hydroponic grow system

Introducing the Seedo, the world’s first fully-automated hydroponic grow system designed to specifically grow cannabis. Seedo is designed for the …

Taking the field out of the farm: Growing produce in space is closer than we think

Images from the 1950s show the people of the future — that's us — travelling in flying cars and living in biodomes, lush with fruits and vegetables …

How vertical farming reinvents agriculture

Instead of growing crops in sunny fields or greenhouses, some companies stack them and grow them in old, dark warehouses with UV lights — saving water and harvesting produce faster.<p>In an old carpet factory on the outskirts of the Belgian city of Kortrijk, an agricultural upheaval is being plotted: …

Aquaponics

History of Aquaponics

'Vertical Farming' Brings Futuristic Growing Methods To Middle Tennessee

There’s a bit of science fiction sprouting up in greenhouses around Middle Tennessee. It’s called vertical farming, and it’s basically like growing …

Buying the Farm

The town of Kearny, New Jersey, is a small industrial desert, populated by warehouses, factories, and twisting freeways filled with hulking cargo …

Shanghai is getting an entire ‘farming district’ with towering vertical farms and seed libraries

The city is planning a 250-acre agricultural district, which will function as a space to work, live, shop, and farm food. Called Sunqiao Shanghai, it will include new public plazas, parks, housing, stores, restaurants, greenhouses, and a science museum. Some of the crops will be grown …