World’s first solar-powered, indoor vertical farm sprouts in Philadelphia

October 5, 2017 by  
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Future-farming experts Metropolis Farms have opened the world’s first solar powered, indoor vertical farm in the heart of Philadelphia . Although the City of Brotherly Love currently hosts only about eight acres of urban farming due to lack of traditional agricultural land, Metropolis Farms seeks to take advantage of the urban jungle to provide a new model for local agriculture in the city. Rather than receiving sunlight from the open air, the crops will receive concentrated full-spectrum light in a controlled indoor environment. In its latest undertaking, Metropolis Farms has installed a 500 kilowatt solar array composed of over 2,000 solar panels, which will be used to power the indoor vertical operation. The company plans to produce the equivalent of 660 acres of traditional farmland on less than 100,000 square feet. While it may not always be sunny in Philadelphia, the solar panels atop Metropolis Farms are an innovative way to capture energy and redirect it towards an efficient, controlled environment for growing vegetables. “By bringing the growing process indoors, in line with our mission of social responsibility, we are revitalizing abandoned spaces and are using them for local food production,” said Metropolis Farms in a statement. Their technological design is applicable for urban environments regardless of climate , making local, fresh, sustainable food accessible for the billions of people that live in cities across the globe. Related: This brilliant floating farm actually heals the world’s oceans The primary challenge to an efficient indoor growing operation is the high cost of electricity to power the lighting and pumps necessary to keep the plants healthy. Through its use of on-site solar power and further innovations, Metropolis Farms seeks to eventually achieve a zero-carbon farming operation. The company hopes to reveal its latest innovative practices and technology at the 2017 Indoor Ag-Con, which will be hosted by Philadelphia for the first time. Via Clean Technica Images via Metropolis Farms  and Jonas Ingold/Flickr

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Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature

March 4, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , Calotopos , Calotopos settlement , Calujac , cities of the future , future architecture , future city , futuristic city , holistic cities , holistic living , humanist architecture , Maxim Calujac , Moldovan architect , organic agriculture , organic architecture , organic design , public spaces , shared public spaces , subterranean transport , transport reduction , utopian architecture

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Map Reveals Who is Eating Their Fruits and Vegetables in America

June 14, 2013 by  
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Just about every doctor on the planet will advise their patients to eat a good selection of fruits and vegetables each day in order to bolster their health, but for some Americans, it’s simply not that easy. A new report and map released by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) reveals which states across the United States are consuming enough nutrients and what influences their ability to do so. Read the rest of Map Reveals Who is Eating Their Fruits and Vegetables in America Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , American agriculture , American eating habits , CDC , Environment , food desert , fruits and vegetable consumption map , map , News , organic agriculture        

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5 Hearty Fall Pasta Recipes (and the Tools You Need to Make Them)

October 26, 2011 by  
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Photo: jules:stonesoup /Creative Commons From-scratch pasta is a little like fresh, homemade bread: If you take the time to make it, your guests won’t even pay attention to the rest of the meal. But fresh pasta is also a lot less time-consuming than it sounds — especially when you have the right tools. Try one of these hearty fall pastas — served with fresh herbs or butternut squash, walnut pesto or pumpkin-based dough — made with your own two hands (and, in some cases, a pasta machine attachment) and you’ll have a flavorful dish that makes for … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Making Biofuels from West Coast Forests is a Bad Idea

October 26, 2011 by  
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Flickr / CC BY 3.0 Let’s Not Repeat the Corn Ethanol Debacle Scientists from the Oregon State University have published in Nature Climate Change the largest and most comprehensive study to date on the environmental impacts of making biofuel from West Coast forests. What they found after crunching the data isn’t very encouraging for those who would like to revive the forestry sector by turning trees into fuel…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Organic Farming’s Economic and Environmental Benefits

September 30, 2011 by  
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How policy changes can keep growing the job-creating and environmental benefits of organic agriculture.

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Do Lectures 2011 – The People’s Take Over

September 30, 2011 by  
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All images by Leonora Oppenheim. Perry Chen speaking about Kickstarter at the Do Lectures 2011 Yesterday for our third post in the Do Lectures 2011 series we encouraged you to Start Where You Live. You never know quite how far you will travel. In the case of Welsh organic salt company Halen Môn their unique local product ended … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Organic Food is Not the Answer

September 16, 2011 by  
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Steve Savage, a Stanford-trained plant scientist, says that organic agriculture won’t save the planet and in face won’t be able to <i>feed</i> the planet.

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Oso Libre: Winery Fights County for Renewable Energy, Wins!

August 10, 2011 by  
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Photo by Jaymi Heimbuch Oso Libre Winery , which means “free bear” in Spanish, is a small boutique vineyard and winery located in the heart of Paso Robles. The winery gets 100% of its energy from renewable sources, an achievement that played out like a Bobby Fuller song and even required the Sierra Club to get involved. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Britain’s Biggest Indoor Climbing Gym Reaches for Sustainability

August 8, 2011 by  
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The Castle Climbing Centre – A Video Tour from CastleWebmaster on Vimeo . The Castle Climbing Centre in London, as it’s name suggests, has reused a Castle, although technically it was previously a water pumping station . Receiving more annual visits than any other climbing centre in the United Kingdom, The Castle is home to 90 roped lines and 450 climbing routes. What caught our eye, though, was its endeavours to reduce its environmental impact. Since 2008, when the centre’s owner, Steve Taylor, deci… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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