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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How to get started with composting

Posted on Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 by

Learn the basics to composting — it’s easier than you think! Composting helps shrink our landfills, and the results are great for your garden and the planet. The trick is to know your “greens” from your “browns” and how to layer them properly to help the pile decompose

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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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Key to speeding up carbon sequestration discovered

Posted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 by

Scanning electron microscopy image of calcite. Credit: Adam Subhas/Caltech Scientists at Caltech and USC have discovered a way to speed up the slow part of the chemical reaction that ultimately helps the earth to safely lock away, or sequester, carbon dioxide into the ocean. Simply adding a common enzyme to the mix, the researchers […]

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Caltech scientists speed up carbon sequestration process by 500 times

Posted on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 by

Carbon sequestration, or removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it long-term, could help us fight climate change. It’s a complex chemical reaction, but a team of six scientists led by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) just made a breakthrough in speeding up a slow part of the reaction. They were inspired by oceans, which naturally absorb carbon dioxide. Study co-author […]

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