food security

The world is perilously close to global food shock

The world is perilously close to global food shock

A new report envisions a nightmare scenario in which just three climate change-driven disasters could lead to global food shock, resulting in food riots as the price of basic crops skyrockets and stock

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INFOGRAPHIC: How vertical farming could help cities feed themselves

INFOGRAPHIC: How vertical farming could help cities feed themselves

As arable land decreases and urban populations increase, planners and designers worldwide have begun looking at vertical farming as a way to boost urban food security. Like its name implies, vertical

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France forces big supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity

France forces big supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity

In an effort to tackle the dual problems of food waste and poverty, France has passed a groundbreaking law that requires supermarkets to give unsold food to charity, or face fines of up to €75,000

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Could solar-powered floating farms provide enough food for the entire world?

Could solar-powered floating farms provide enough food for the entire world?

The Smart Floating Farms (SFF) are designed as smart and fully automated systems that combine solar energy, hydroponics, and aquaculture. According to the architects, the commercially viable SFF project

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China’s World Expo pavilion demonstrates how cities and nature can exist in harmony

China’s World Expo pavilion demonstrates how cities and nature can exist in harmony

China has completed their Milan Expo 2015 pavilion on time and it is gorgeous. Designed in collaboration between the Academy of Art & Design at Tsinghua University and New York-based Studio Link-Arc, the

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The UK’s immersive hive World Expo pavilion simulates a real live beehive

The UK’s immersive hive World Expo pavilion simulates a real live beehive

The UK's Hive is one of the first pavilions to open at Milan Expo 2015 and we are buzzing. Designed to simulate a real bee's hive, the soaring 1,910 square meter pavilion "grown in Britain and Northern

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Freight Farms may be the future of sustainable food

Freight Farms may be the future of sustainable food

    Freight Farms enable food production to be managed from anywhere, at anytime.  Track air and water quality,  monitor crops anytime through live, in-farm cameras and shop for all your

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Ohio’s 100-Acre Classroom teaches farming skills to middle-school students

Ohio’s 100-Acre Classroom teaches farming skills to middle-school students

Imagine a school environment in which subjects like chemistry, biology, math, and home ec are learned outside in the fresh air. Sound too good to be true? Well, the Geauga County Hershey Montessori Farm

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OpenFarm’s community-created guides help you learn to grow anything

OpenFarm’s community-created guides help you learn to grow anything

Backyard gardens and home-scale farms are popping up all over the world as people re-develop an interest in cultivating their own food, but gardening newbies can get a bit lost at times. While the ideal

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Philips uses LEDs to bolster urban farming

Philips uses LEDs to bolster urban farming

Leading LED light manufacturer, Philips, has partnered up with indoor farming company Green Sense Farms in an innovative project that could bring indoor farming to cities worldwide. Faced with the effects

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INFOGRAPHIC: 2015 marks The International Year of Soils

INFOGRAPHIC: 2015 marks The International Year of Soils

Recognizing the vital importance of soil for human life, the 68th United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 to be the International Year of Soils. Without ideal soil health, food security and

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Growing trees from seeds: which seeds work, and which won’t

Growing trees from seeds: which seeds work, and which won’t

If there are any trees in your area, you may have noticed that a couple of major changes come over them at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Branches end up laden with fruit, nuts, seed pods,

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How Canada’s tar sands capital turns trash into vegetables

How Canada’s tar sands capital turns trash into vegetables

The Canadian city best known as the epicenter of dirty oil from the tar sands is trying to green up its image by turning trash into vegetables for local food banks and farmers markets. For McMurray, a

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This vertical farm will provide Wyoming residents with 100,000 lbs of fresh produce each year

This vertical farm will provide Wyoming residents with 100,000 lbs of fresh produce each year

A 30 foot by 150 foot sliver of land located next to a parking lot in Jackson, Wyoming is set to be transformed into a vertical farm that will produce over 85,000lbs of produce each year. Using 90 percent

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HOW TO: Attracting pollinators: Flowers that encourage bees, butterflies, and birds to visit

HOW TO: Attracting pollinators: Flowers that encourage bees, butterflies, and birds to visit

Most people have a pretty good idea of what pollen is. Some know it as the fuzzy, fluffy stuff that flies through the air and makes them sneeze from March to November, while others may get daubed on the

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Boeing, Etihad, GE and MIST to build world’s first aquaculture and biofuel plant at Masdar City

Boeing, Etihad, GE and MIST to build world’s first aquaculture and biofuel plant at Masdar City

Traditionally, biofuels have a bad reputation for eating up precious land and water resources and pilfering food from the world's hungry. But a groundbreaking new bioenergy pilot plant at Masdar City, Abu

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Inhabitat’s Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Inhabitat’s Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Every year you come across those stories that warm your heart and lift your spirits. Whether it involves a tough old lady who refused to back down to developers or a teenager with a brilliant idea that

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23 pollinating species in Britain have gone extinct over the last 150 years

23 pollinating species in Britain have gone extinct over the last 150 years

It would appear that pollinators in Britain have been declining for a lot longer than researchers realized. Contrary to the belief that local bees and wasps only began to go extinct after World War II,

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16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair 2014 With World-Changing Crop Yield Breakthrough

16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair 2014 With World-Changing Crop Yield Breakthrough

Irish teenagers Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow, all 16, have won the Google Science Fair 2014. Their project, Combating the Global Food Crisis, aims to provide a solution to low crop

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Henning Larsen’s Day Care Center is a Green-Roofed Paradise for Children in Denmark

Henning Larsen’s Day Care Center is a Green-Roofed Paradise for Children in Denmark

The architects chose wood and glass for construction of the minimalist, 1,350-square-meter Day Care Center, which provides space for 56 children aged 0-3 in one wing, and 80 children aged 3-6 in the

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Aqua-Spark Seeks to Secure the Future of Sustainable Aquaculture

Aqua-Spark Seeks to Secure the Future of Sustainable Aquaculture

Are we approaching the end of fish? It's been widely reported that at current fishing levels all commercial stocks of wild-caught fish will have collapsed by 2050. But there's hope - New Dutch investment

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President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

Adding to a string of great green initiatives coming out of the White House recently, President Obama recently announced the creation of a new Pollinator Health Task Force. The Task Force will address

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Fruta Feia Saves a Whopping 21 Tons of ‘Ugly’ Produce from Going to Waste in Portugal

Fruta Feia Saves a Whopping 21 Tons of ‘Ugly’ Produce from Going to Waste in Portugal

21 tons of food is a lot to waste, right? Well, in just six months, the young Portuguese collective Fruta Feia salvaged and sold this much fresh produce after it was rejected for retail sale because of

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Colossal Green Value Farm Flourishes Within a Former Factory in China

Colossal Green Value Farm Flourishes Within a Former Factory in China

The colossal 2,100 square meter factory has become a testing ground for a number of green ideas. Within the confines of the space, the studio preserved the original factory features, such as old walls,

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Hungry Planet Infographic Shows How Much Food and Energy Humans Consume Around the World

Hungry Planet Infographic Shows How Much Food and Energy Humans Consume Around the World

It's no secret that humans are living beyond the means that the planet can sustainably provide - but did you know that on August 20th, 2013 we consumed all of the earth's allotted resources for the entire

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Head of Earth Policy Institute Warns That Current Water Shortages Will Soon Threaten Food Supplies

Head of Earth Policy Institute Warns That Current Water Shortages Will Soon Threaten Food Supplies

Image via Shutterstock All over the world, wells are drying up and water tables are dropping low. Altogether, 18 countries around the world are over-pumping their underground water resources to the

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Study Projects Over Half of World’s Population Could Rely on Food Imports by 2050

Study Projects Over Half of World’s Population Could Rely on Food Imports by 2050

Photo via Shutterstock With tomatoes from Chile, salmon from Norway, chocolate from Africa, and coffee from Indonesia, a trip to the local grocery store can seem like a journey around the world. But

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UK Horses Go On Transit Strike Until Horse Meat Contamination Scandal is Resolved

UK Horses Go On Transit Strike Until Horse Meat Contamination Scandal is Resolved

Image modified from Shutterstock photo This week the lead representative of the UK horse teamsters union traveled to London for a symposium with the Food Standards Agency regarding the unbridled anger

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Bacteria Could Keep Bread From Going Moldy, Scientists Claim

Bacteria Could Keep Bread From Going Moldy, Scientists Claim

Scientists at the University of Alberta and University College Cork in Ireland have found a way to use bacteria to prevent mold from eating up your leftover food. Their research is based on a study of

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rPETable: UK Company Makes First Ever 100% Recycled Food-Safe Plastic Products

rPETable: UK Company Makes First Ever 100% Recycled Food-Safe Plastic Products

UK company Invicta Group has become the first company in the world to make food-safe products from 100% recycled plastic bottles, containers, tubs and lids. Their new rPETable patented process focuses on

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