“sustainable agriculture”

Monaco brings repurposed freight containers and vertical gardens to Expo Milan 2015

Monaco brings repurposed freight containers and vertical gardens to Expo Milan 2015

The Expo Milan 2015 is in full effect and the rest of the world is taking peeks at the breathtaking pavilions and their promising messages for the future. The Principality of Monaco has taken on quite a

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Belarus’ “Wheel of Life” rolls through grassy hillside at this year’s Milan World Expo

Belarus’ “Wheel of Life” rolls through grassy hillside at this year’s Milan World Expo

Expo Milan 2015 has launched and Inhabitat is showcasing the final conceptions of many of the 145 countries who have risen to demonstrate the future of agricultural sustainability. We have seen the

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Obama leans on farmers to aid in the fight against climate change

Obama leans on farmers to aid in the fight against climate change

When we think about climate change and sources of pollution, fossil fuels and dirty industries are the culprits that usually dominate the conversation. Agriculture, though, contributes substantially to

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McDonald’s to Add Lab-Grown ‘Chicken’ McNuggets to its Menu

McDonald’s to Add Lab-Grown ‘Chicken’ McNuggets to its Menu

McDonald's just announced it will be the first fast food restaurant in the United States to add lab-grown meat to its menu. Following the success of Sergey Brin's lab-grown burger experiment in London

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A Starter Guide To Urban Gardening

A Starter Guide To Urban Gardening

So you've picked up a compact composting kit and are ready to start recycling your food scraps into nutrient-rich compost - the next step is to start a garden! For those with budding green thumbs, urban

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Benton Farmer Near Proposed Path of Atlantic Sunrise Gas Pipeline Speaks Out

Benton Farmer Near Proposed Path of Atlantic Sunrise Gas Pipeline Speaks Out

  I spent some time at Endless Mountains Farm in Benton, PA, operated in part by several members of Shalefield Organizing Committee (SOC), a group of dedicated activists created to put more focus on

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Golden LED Royal Rice Field Celebrates Sustainable Agriculture in Thailand

Golden LED Royal Rice Field Celebrates Sustainable Agriculture in Thailand

Located out in front of the main entrance of ‘SCG Experience’ building in Bangkok, the Royal Rice Field is a glowing sea of rice planted in a water feature. At night the LED lights reflect off the

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BOOK REVIEW: The Vertical Farm by Dick Despommier

BOOK REVIEW: The Vertical Farm by Dick Despommier

The Vertical Farm is an expanded edition of Despommier's earlier essay on vertical farming, which explains the many advantages of vertical farming. As Despommier rallies, vertical farms could enable every

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Queens University Students Turn an Abandoned Mill Into a Flourishing Urban Farm

Queens University Students Turn an Abandoned Mill Into a Flourishing Urban Farm

Over the course of 12 months, Queens University Belfast worked alongside the Biospheric Foundation in Salford, England to design and implement a multilevel aquaponic system within an old disused mill.

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming?

About twelve thousand years ago, humans hit on a bright idea. Why not grow food in our backyards instead of having to go look for it every time our tummies grumble? It was a masterful stroke of conscious

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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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China Declares 8 Million Acres of Farmland Too Polluted to Grow Food

China Declares 8 Million Acres of Farmland Too Polluted to Grow Food

Over 8 million acres of Chinese countryside has been deemed too polluted to grow food. According to the Chinese cabinet, the farm land is too rife with heavy chemicals to support healthy vegetation, and

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Cost of Food Waste

INFOGRAPHIC: The Cost of Food Waste

Did you know that every year about 1.3 billion tons of food go to waste? That's about a third of all food produced - and yet 870 million people are undernourished around the world. NeoMam Studios just

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Prix Pictet Shortlist Reveals 11 Artists’ Visions of Consumption

Prix Pictet Shortlist Reveals 11 Artists’ Visions of Consumption

Motoyuki Daifu - Project Family #10 It’s no secret that living space is at a premium in Japanese households, and in this playful series called Project Family, Motoyuki Daifu tackles the cramped living

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Self-Driving Robo Tractors to Roam Earth Screening Pavilion Rooftop at Expo Milan 2015

Self-Driving Robo Tractors to Roam Earth Screening Pavilion Rooftop at Expo Milan 2015

RecchiEngineering and Carlo Ratti Associati recently won an international competition to design Holland's 17,000 square foot pavilion for the 2015 World Expo in Milan. The design, which is called Earth

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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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Norway, US, and UK Pledge $280 Million to Fight Deforestation

Norway, US, and UK Pledge $280 Million to Fight Deforestation

Deforestation image via Shutterstock At the UN climate talks in Warsaw on Wednesday, the US, UK, and Norway announced a joint plan to dedicate $280 million to a new initiative aimed at cutting

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Pavilion of Dream Terraces: H&P Architects Unveil Rice Paddy-Covered Pavilion for Viet Nam’s Expo 2015

Pavilion of Dream Terraces: H&P Architects Unveil Rice Paddy-Covered Pavilion for Viet Nam’s Expo 2015

If H&P Architects win the competition to design Viet Nam's Expo 2015 Pavilion in Milan, it will have a steel frame filled up with a staggered series of salvaged wood modules of different lengths that not

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Bhutan Announces Plans to Become the World’s First 100% Organic Nation

Bhutan Announces Plans to Become the World’s First 100% Organic Nation

Bhutan photo from Shutterstock Bhutan has announced plans to become the first country in the world to grow all of its crops using only organic agricultural practices. The Himalayan nation, which

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Future Tech Farm: A Distributed Farm Made of Modular, Internet-Enabled Aquaponic Gardens

Future Tech Farm: A Distributed Farm Made of Modular, Internet-Enabled Aquaponic Gardens

Future Tech Farm is a decentralized and distributed farm that consists of a series of small aquaponic grow systems connected via the internet. Upon receiving a module, users open up their grow systems,

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Urban Farm School Opens in Asheville, North Carolina

Urban Farm School Opens in Asheville, North Carolina

Based in one of the country’s hotbeds of local food culture, the Urban Farm School just launched its first year with 100 instructors and sites in Asheville, North Carolina. The Urban Farm School is a

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Myanmar’s Inle Lake Shows Bridge to Ancient Hydroponic Farming Systems

Myanmar’s Inle Lake Shows Bridge to Ancient Hydroponic Farming Systems

In today's world, where a shift from large scale agribusiness to smaller scale, localized growing can be seen, ideas such as hydroponics and aquaponics have begun to take hold in the urban environment.

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National Resources Defense Council Study Finds 40% of the World’s Food Goes Uneaten

National Resources Defense Council Study Finds 40% of the World’s Food Goes Uneaten

It's not exactly breaking news that we humans waste a lot of our food, but a new study by the National Resources Defense Council puts a striking figure on the actual statistics, suggesting that we waste a

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Farmland World is a Colorful Eco Amusement Park That Teaches Us About Our Food

Farmland World is a Colorful Eco Amusement Park That Teaches Us About Our Food

Visitors to Farmland World would arrive via high speed train and get their very own pair of overalls in which to work right when they check in. From there you could visit any number of areas like Fruit

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BOOK REVIEW: Just Food by James E. McWilliams

BOOK REVIEW: Just Food by James E. McWilliams

James E. McWilliams seems like he may be a big bummer at a lot of cocktail parties. You can tell, because the introduction to his book Just Food is continually defensive. "My goal here is not to write a

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Plantagon: A Massive Geodesic Dome Farm for the Future

Plantagon: A Massive Geodesic Dome Farm for the Future

According to Plantagon, the farm "will dramatically change the way we produce organic and functional food. It allows us to produce ecological [resources] with clean air and water inside urban

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Better Food Solutions Rolling out Network of Supermarket Rooftop Greenhouses

Better Food Solutions Rolling out Network of Supermarket Rooftop Greenhouses

We’ve heard of supermarket hydroponics before: window hanging, wall-mounted, and rooftop farm concepts have been abundant over the last decade. Truthfully, though, how many have you actually seen?

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Hydroponics Are Hot

Hydroponics Are Hot

Olympic medals are not the only thing that come out of Vancouver, Canada; it is also a hotbed of hydroponic creativity. TreeHugger contributor Sami Grover has suggested that equipment developed for a

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Oasis Tower is a Spiraling Vertical Farm for Dubai

Oasis Tower is a Spiraling Vertical Farm for Dubai

Located in close proximity to the center of Dubai, the Oasis Tower would have clear views of the Burj Khalifa. Surrounding the tower are extensive grounds as well as a lake and a number of ponds at the

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