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📺 Vertical farming, solar sails and recycled plastic: RAZOR full episode

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-22 Sun 12:26
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Vertical farming is a 21st-century phenomenon, a high-density application of new technologies – usually indoors in controlled-climate conditions: Instead ...

📺 This 2-Acre Vertical Farm Out-Produces 750 Acre 'Flat Farms'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-20 Fri 15:31
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Farming is going vertical, thanks to startups like San Francisco-based Plenty. Photo by Alex Wigan on Unsplash. According to Nate Storey, the future of ...

"More companies are looking for products dedicated to hydroponics"

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-19 Thu 10:36
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With hydroponics and vertical farming gaining popularity around the world, growers are increasingly interested in finding crop varieties with a proven track record in controlled environment system. To meet this, Vilmorin-Mikado has positioned itself as a leader in plant breeding and the provision of…

Vertical Farming: Farmers Must Grow these Crops to Get Huge Profits

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-19 Thu 10:29
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Vertical farming is the practice of food production that takes the form of vertically stacked layers and vertically inclined surfaces. This method is executed ...

📺 This vertical farm is growing food—but it's for cows

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-10 Tue 12:15
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We use an exceptional amount of land to grow food for cows. Vertical farms could change that, if we used them to grow cow feed. This vertical farm is ...

Off the Wall: Your Produce is Growing in Aisle 5. Vertical Farming Has Arrived

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-08 Sun 15:14
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The first thing that comes to mind when you think about the produce section in your grocery store: Is 1: that it's freezing cold, which means you immediately run to the pantry aisle after grabbing your veggies and 2: I wonder where my fruit and vegetables are coming from? Do you ever think about the impact the produce section has on our environment and health? Every item goes through an extensive amount of work to grow, package, transport, and unpack the fruits and vegetables which are most likely sprayed with pesticides.

Developing and improving productivity in vertical farms

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Nov-06 Fri 10:57
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Growing food in our increasingly variable climate is a challenge.

Growing crops in a controlled environment provides an alternative approach to conventional farming which is free from the pressures created by extremes and variations in our weather, isolated from pests, and allows crop growth at a wider range of latitudes.

Vertical farming is a relatively recent development with the first commercial vertical farm being reported as developed in 2012 in Singapore. Grand View Research estimated that the value of the vertical farming market would reach almost US$10 by 2025.

Developing indoor vertical farms requires a good understanding of all the requirements each crop plant will need for optimal growth and development. As a relatively new technology, research can have a big impact on how successful these enterprises will be in the longer term with expertise in plant physiology supporting improvements to these systems.

 

Why this First Nation bought a shipping container during COVID-19

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-28 Wed 07:43
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The first frosts have already arrived in Ontario, but in Sheshegwaning First Nation, a small community on the western edge of Manitoulin Island, April Folz is still awaiting the first harvest of the year. In about a week, Folz says, the community will have fresh produce: “Monte Carlo romaine lettuce,…

Growing up: Vertical farming makes the most of limited space

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-28 Wed 07:42
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To increase agricultural yields, a CALS horticultural scientist and his students are literally looking up. They want to know if growing plants indoors in vertically stacked layers could be part of the solution to feeding a fast-growing world population as farmland becomes scarcer. Ricardo Hernandez, a…

Europe's Green Deal offshores environmental damage to other nations

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-26 Mon 09:18
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Indoor farming technologies, such as growing food vertically, are also ripe for development. Although these methods are not yet able to produce staple ...

Can vertical farming grow beyond herbs and leaves?

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-20 Tue 09:36
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In the early 20th century German-Jewish scientist Fritz Haber and his colleague Carl Bosch worked out a way to synthesise ammonia, making it possible to create industrial amounts of fertiliser for the first time. It’s said that two out of five humans on the planet today owe their existence to the…

New OEM-agreement for shelf-and-lighting panels for vertical farming

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-20 Tue 09:35
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Senmatic and LED iBond International have entered a strategic partnership for OEM delivery of shelves with built-in grow light to be included in Senmatic’s offering of industrial vertical farming solutions. The new vertical farming shelves are based on LED iBond’s patented lighting fixture, which…

PhD opportunity: Vertical farming around the clock

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-14 Wed 12:58
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Vertical farming involves plant growth in stacked indoor facilities that often use artificial lighting and soilfree cultivation methods. We invite applications to a PhD studentship at the John Innes Centre investigating the impact of the circadian regulation of plant metabolism upon vertical farming. The project will use fundamental science to investigate the role of circadian regulation in the molecules that are exuded by crops into the irrigation systems. This is a BBSRC NRPDTP-funded CASE studentship, based in the laboratory of Antony Dodd and co-supervised by Anne Osbourn, in collaboration with vertical agriculture R&D company LettUs Grow.

The project will combine fundamental research into circadian regulation of the plant genome and metabolism at the John Innes Centre with experimentation in the experimental vertical farm environment at LettUs Grow. The project has the long-term goal of providing benefits to the vertical farming business whilst making new discoveries and the frontiers of knowledge of the daily co-ordination of plant metabolism. The project is likely to suit a student with interests in gene regulation, metabolism and bioinformatics.

How An Indoor Farm Is Redefining Local

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-12 Mon 12:17
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Washington D.C. sits at the intersection of some of the best farming areas in the country. According to the 2017 United States Census of Agriculture, there are over 53,000 farms in Pennsylvania plus another 40,000+ farms in Virginia. Yet, for all of the area’s agrarian prowess, you may not have seen a farm quite like this.

Standing in front of Bowery Farming’s newest farm, located just outside of Baltimore in Nottingham, you could easily mistake it for a shipping warehouse. But, like most good things, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

Bowery is an indoor, vertical farming company. Walking into its Nottingham Farm feels a bit like stepping into the greenest library you could imagine. Rows and rows of fresh lettuces and herbs stretch towards the ceiling, where they’re nourished under LEDs and a constant, carefully controlled amount of filtered water and essential nutrients. 

Vertical Farming in a Nordic Context

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-12 Mon 12:12
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The Association for Vertical Farming is part of the “Vertical Farming in a Nordic Context” conference in Copenhagen. The conference will gather industry, policy and academic stakeholders with the aim of increasing cooperation and accelerating the development of the vertical farming sector in Scandinavia.

Vertical farming is an innovative way of producing fresh food close to consumers with minimal consumption of water and no use of pesticides. In Nordic countries, the interest for vertical farming is currently growing and new farms are established at an increasing rate. To further strengthen this production form in a Nordic context, the Innovation Network for Bioresources, Food & Bio Cluster Denmark and the University of Copenhagen are hosting a conference on vertical farming on November 13th 2020. At the conference, you will meet speakers with hands-on knowledge, business developers, researchers and authorities. We encourage vertical farmers, the agricultural industry, the scientific community, policymakers, authorities and everyone with an interest in vertical farming to participate in the conference to build networks and share knowledge.

CNBC takes a look at the future of vertical farming

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-10 Sat 00:49
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Irving Fain, Bowery Farming founder and CEO, and Hans Tung, GGV Capital managing partner and a Bowery Farming investor, join ‘Closing Bell’ to discuss the future of vertical farming, the IPO market and ByteDance

A peek inside the 'farm of the future'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-07 Wed 08:50
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From the outside, the gray and white warehouse near the corner of Oris Street and Mona Boulevard seems like a thousand other mundane Southern California buildings. But the interior, once completed, will resemble a sketch from a futurist's daydreams. If all goes well, the 95,000-square-foot Compton…

For food and security in the UAE, think local

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-06 Tue 12:32
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Speaking at a recent meeting of the UAE cabinet, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, emphasised the need for action on greater food and water security as a matter of national priority. Sharing his vision for a more resilient and self-sufficient UAE in the post-COVID-19 period, Sheikh Mohammad instructed the Minister of State for Food Security, to explore technologies and international partnerships, to implement practical solutions.

The disruption of global supply chains, in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, has caused nations to reassess their vulnerabilities, all across the globe. Before the crisis, the well-oiled machine of global trade had become a reliable source of produce, from distant countries of origin. However, with several primary producers limiting their exports for fear of running out of their reserve stocks of food, nations with limited arable land have had to reconsider their dependence on the global market.

Horticulture 4.0: The Plant Factories For Agricultural Exports

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-06 Tue 01:19
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Twenty five years back, we launched a communications revolution, bypassing the land-based telephony technology. India jumped to move into a satellite based cellular Technology. Today, we have a mobile subscriber base of over one billion compared to 33 million land- based connections at its peak. The low cost of mobile telephony has enabled even the rural poor to take advantage. The same technological revolution, which jumps several stages at one time is required in agricultural sector if we desire to reach and even exceed our export targets..

In the recent past, with every VUCA event such as Covid-19, the most affected economy is rural. Not only migrant remittances dried, they returned home to put an additional pressure on household resources. Rural supply chains have taken a hit and the households further pushed into indebtedness. These setbacks are in addition to the usual cycle of flood and drought. This needs re-thinking.

Optimising plant growth in vertical farms

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-05 Mon 13:33
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In the video below, Lisanne Meulendijks, Researcher at Delphy Improvement Centre, Mike Zelkind, Cofounder and CEO of 80 Acres Farms and Mariska Dreschler discuss the latest insights in vertical farming.  Source: Greentech.