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Agriculture & Food

The plants that regulate the rain

April 22, 2016 by Sturle Hauge Simonsen
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Much of the world relies on upwind landscapes to regulate rainfall. In fact, on average, nearly a fifth of annual rainfall is regulated specifically by current vegetation.This is the conclusion from a study published in PLOS ONE, led by centre researchers Patrick Keys, Lan Wang-Erlandsson and Line Gordon.Landscapes that regulate downwind...[read more]

How Sandy Does Bioretention Soil Need to Be?

April 4, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Bioretention media is an important topic in the design world. As green infrastructure solutions gain acceptance, there is increased focus on finding the most effective media for on-site stormwater management. But there isn’t (yet) a lot of agreement on what the media consists of, and how to make it both functional for stormwater while being friendly for tree growth. Most of the debate is centered around how much fines (silt and clay) is allowable.[read more]

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Meat-Based Diet Can Adversely Impact Earth’s Environment

April 1, 2016 by Rehan Ijaz

 Recently there have been many claims that consumption of meat can cause severe environmental impacts. A lot of studies have taken place and there is substantial data now to conclude safely that consumption of meat is indeed a major threat to the environment.Cows and Grasslands sequester CarbonLivestock and grasslands can help to...[read more]

Wirth Food Co-op to Service Food Desert in North Minneapolis

March 30, 2016 by The Global Grid

Named after the Theodore Wirth Park, the Wirth Cooperative Grocery, North Minneapolis’s first food co-operative, is under preparation for opening in 2016. The general idea of a food co-operative reflects a food distribution business model that allows its members to autonomously own and govern their business. Using the food co-operative...[read more]

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Urban Agriculture – Slowly Reviving Urban Areas

March 23, 2016 by Rehan Ijaz
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 What is Urban Agriculture?The concept of urban agriculture is not something new. However, the originally popularity began with schools, colleges, parks departments, and non-profit organizations. Because of urban agriculture, schools are able to provide more nutritious meals to students, it has provided job training for many people...[read more]

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What is Needed to Help Precision Agriculture To Grow?

February 10, 2016 by Mark Boyd
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Precision agriculture has a huge potential in helping reduce farming inefficiencies, and creating a new relationship between urban areas and their food bowl. Here's how three emerging startups are speeding up their growth by making their systems connectable and accessible to farmers.[read more]

The Difference Between Micro Gardening & Sprouting

January 4, 2016 by Kay hebbourn

As I contemplate the plan for the garden this year I’m remembering how difficult it was last year to grow lots of things. We had a mild winter followed by a cool, wet and windy summer with very little sunshine and warmth.[read more]

5 Reasons to Know Your Farmer & Food Maker

January 1, 2016 by Barnraiser. Us
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The Practical Reason: As humans, we can be a little particular about how we do things. It’s good to have people you trust providing you with the things you need. Food is one of those things you need.[read more]

A Look Back at the Food Trends of 2015

December 28, 2015 by Barnraiser. Us
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Looks like the way to be trendy is to get a little traditional.[read more]

Looking Ahead: Food Trends of 2016

December 23, 2015 by Barnraiser. Us

The vegetable of the sea, seaweed is a member of the algae family and comes in a few varieties (easily divided by color). It’s alluringly sustainable; it doesn’t require fresh water or land to grow. It’s a good, but not primary, source for protein, Omega-3s, calcium, and minerals and it’s the best for iodine. Eating seaweed will also help you expand into a new flavor profile: umami.[read more]

Cycling to the Boro-ichi Market in Setagaya, Tokyo

December 18, 2015 by Byron Kidd

Setagaya Boro-ichi has been officially recognised as one of Tokyo's intangible cultural assets dating back over 430 years. Beginning in he 1570s as a "free market" where taxes were removed to boost the ailing economy Boro-ichi flourished as a place to buy and sell old fabric scraps. Later Boro-ichi became a year-end market adding farming equipment and New Years goods to the list if items on sale and was held on December 15th each year.[read more]

Seattle Company Unveils Commercial Food Waste-to-Energy System

November 30, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

A newly minted portable food waste digester hopes to revolutionize small-to-medium scale kitchen operations in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.[read more]