147 Things you can compost and 9 things you cant

Posted on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 by

1. VEGETABLES This is the most simple answer and most people will know you can compost vegetables but it is as good a place as any to start the list. Vegetables can be fresh (although you should be eating them!), cooked, frozen and completely moldy. All of them are okay to be thrown onto your compost heap. […]

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Vertical farming startup raises $200M

Posted on Thursday, August 31st, 2017 by

Plenty, a San Francisco vertical farming start-up, has raised $200m (£154m) from big-name investors that include Japanese media giant SoftBank, Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos. Plenty said it would use the money to expand in the US and abroad. The firm, founded in 2013, has an indoor growing system that […]

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6 States Tapping Into the Benefits of Carbon Farming

Posted on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 by

A handful of states around the country have begun to recognize the importance of carbon farming as an expedient tool to fight climate change. What’s carbon farming? Eric Toensmeier, author of The Carbon Farming Solution, describes it as “a suite of crops and agricultural practices that sequester carbon in the soil and in perennial vegetation like trees.” If carbon […]

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The Tide Rises for Open Ocean Farming

Posted on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 by

Miles off shore, anchored in carefully selected currents, the pens of an open ocean farm can look like submerged circus tents or huge geodesic bubbles. Tougher than their close-to-shore cousins, these giant operations are capable of raising thousands of tons of bass, snapper, tuna and other ‘finfish’ while staying relatively close to customers in what […]

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How a Cambridge tech startup is trying to change farming

Posted on Monday, August 28th, 2017 by

Tyler McClendon, founder of Oxbow Agriculture in Memphis, Tennessee, sees a problem with the way many farming businesses are run. He says farmers often adopt new technologies without giving enough thought to how they will actually make their business more efficient. “When it comes to actually collecting data on the farm and turning that into metrics […]

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Could underwater farming feed the world?

Posted on Monday, August 28th, 2017 by

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Good riddance chemicals: microbes are farming’s hot new pesticides

Posted on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 by

ORGANICS ARE IN. Chemicals are out. With today’s food politics, the chemical fertilizers and pesticides that fantastically increased agricultural yields in the 20th century are looking…not so hot. So instead of synthesizing new chemicals, ag companies are trying out a new strategy: They’re looking to nature for inspiration. Where in nature? Just about anywhere—in plant extracts, […]

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Farming with forests

Posted on Sunday, August 13th, 2017 by

Feeding the world’s burgeoning population is a major challenge for agricultural scientists and agribusinesses, who are busy developing higher-yielding crop varieties. Yet University of Illinois researchers stress that we should not overlook sustainability in the frenzy to achieve production goals. More than a third of the global land area is currently in food production. […]

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This Former Fisherman Is Now Farming the Most Sustainable Food on Earth—Underwater

Posted on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 by

By designing a small-scale, affordable, and open-sourced solution to what often feels like an insurmountable challenge, Bren Smith gives us all the precious gift of possibility and hope. The co-founder and executive director of GreenWave, he has pioneered the development of a model of regenerative ocean farming that restores biodiversity and ecosystems, mitigates climate […]

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Out goes paddy rice farming, in comes a new efficient method

Posted on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 by

Mr Kyshan Rao, an Indian engineer and farmer, shows farmers how to select good planting seeds in Ahero Irrigation Scheme, Kisumu County. @ ANITA CHEPKOECH Time seems to be up for paddy rice farming as researchers unveil a new method of growing the important cereal. Paddy rice farming has been used across the […]

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