Meet Viraj Puri, New York City's only commercial farmer. His farm, Gotham Greens, comprises 15,000 square feet of rooftop greenhouse, yielding roughly the same as a traditional 6-acre farm. As the planet’s population swells, particularly in major cities, scientists and public officials believe urban farms will play an important role supplementing our food supply.
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Less than 20 miles from Singapore's skyscrapers is a completely different set of high-rise towers. The first commercial-scale vertical farm recently opened in the tiny, densely populated city, with the aim of decreasing dependence on food imports.
The water and wastewater treatment market in the global food and beverage industry will continue to be fast growing and future-oriented, remaining extremely positive towards innovations and technological upgrades that enhance water management, notes a new Frost & Sullivan report.
In a first for African retail, the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) and Woolworths have announced a broad-based, multifaceted partnership to drive greater sustainability through selected Woolworths products and operations.
The world food situation is deteriorating. Grain stocks have dropped to a dangerously low level. The World Food Price Index has doubled in a decade. The ranks of the hungry are expanding. Political unrest is spreading. [Sobering insights from the respected Earth Policy Institute. Ed]
With 1.3 billion tons of food trashed, dumped in landfills and otherwise wasted around the world every year, comes news of the development and successful laboratory testing of a new "biorefinery" intended to change food waste into a key ingredient for making plastics, laundry detergents and scores of other everyday products.
Daiwa House, Japan's largest homebuilder, has introduced a line of prefabricated hydroponic vegetable factories, aimed at housing complexes, hotels, and top-end restaurants. Called the Agri-Cube, these units are touted by Daiwa as the first step in the industrialization of agriculture, to be located in and amongst the places where people live, work, and play.
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