This simple gadget could extend the life of your produce up to 3 times as long

February 23, 2015 by  
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We’ve all done it – you purchase a bunch of fresh fruits and veggies, only to lose track of the time and find them languishing in the back of the crisper, covered in a layer of fuzz. This one simple gadget could change that by extending the life of your produce. Environmentally friendly , safe and kind of adorable, the Green Heart is so simple, it’s genius. It’s filled with potassium, which absorbs all of the gasses that cause your produce to rot, extending the life and nutrition of your food. The Green Hearts is on Kickstarter right now, and early adopters can get 2 hearts with a six month supply for $9, which practically pays for itself in saved fruit alone in no time. + Green Hearts at Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: extend the life of produce , extending the life of fruit , fruit rot , Green Hearts , Green Hearts Kickstarter , keeping food fresh , kickstarter campaigns , preventing mold , preventing rot , produce rot , reader submission , The Green Hearts , veggie rot

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This solar-powered device keeps fruits and veggies fresh without a fridge

January 2, 2015 by  
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If you’re in the produce business , getting your goods to the market while they’re still fresh is imperative. In some countries where the climate is fairly warm, that can be a daunting, if not almost impossible task, but the Wakati might be an ideal solution. Using a 3W solar panel and a top-loading tent, the device uses a solar-powered ventilator to create a humid environment. A week’s worth of water held within the device is then turned into produce-saving humidity: for most fruits and vegetables , keeping them wet is the essential key to their longevity. Read the rest of This solar-powered device keeps fruits and veggies fresh without a fridge Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , alternative energy , alternative power , farming , fruits , fruits and vegetables , Gardening , humidity , humidity condensor , market , off grid business , off grid farming , off-grid power , Produce , produce life , refrigeration , solar panel , Solar Power , vegetables

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Four generations live under an energy-efficient and bioclimatic roof in France

January 2, 2015 by  
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This guy is building a warp drive – in his garage

January 2, 2015 by  
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What do you do in your spare time? Watch TV? Play basketball? Knit? If you’re David Pares of Omaha, Nebraska, you work on condensing the fabric of space time – in your garage. Despite a lack of any funding or academic help of any kind, Pares spends a couple of hours every day working on the world’s first warp drive . In his humble garage, half of which is still devoted to a car, he has come up with an instrument made of fractal arrays and V-shaped panels – which according to Pares, is a low-powered warp drive motor. Read the rest of This guy is building a warp drive – in his garage Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aerospace engineering , aerospace technology , David Pares , nasa , Nebraska , omaha , space , space travel , warp drive , warp drive garage

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INFOGRAPHIC: Make Fresh Food Last Longer

December 8, 2014 by  
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Wasted food is more than just wasted money. Every time you toss uneaten produce in the compost, it causes unnecessary environmental damage and wastes water. So how do you make your food last longer? This new infographic by NeoMam Studios for Pounds to Pocket has all the details on preserving , storing and prolonging the life of all of your fresh food, saving you money and the planet. Check out the full infographic after the break! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Make Fresh Food Last Longer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: food waste , fresh food waste , infographic , Inhabitat Infographic , make cheese last longer , make eggs last longer , make vegetables last longer , making fruit last longer , preserving cheese , preserving eggs , preserving fresh food , preserving fruit , preserving produce , preserving vegetables , Produce , produce waste

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A Battle is Brewing in California Over State Pesticide Plan

November 18, 2014 by  
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A battle is brewing between California’s organic farmers and the state government over a pest management program organic producers say puts too much reliance on pesticide usage. According to Yahoo , organic food is currently enjoying double-digit growth in sales every year, and producers say the state’s new pest management program puts in place pesticide-focused regulations that will last for decades to come. Read the rest of A Battle is Brewing in California Over State Pesticide Plan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: argriculture , California , farming , growers , industry , Organic , pesticide , pests , Produce , spraying

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Apples Top EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” List of Most Pesticide-Laden Produce

May 4, 2014 by  
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If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, does that saying still hold true if it’s pumped full of chemicals? The Environmental Working Group doesn’t think so. The consumer watchdog group recently released their 2014 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce , an annual rating of the fruits and vegetables with the highest and lowest exposure to pesticides to help consumers make healthier shopping choices. And for the fourth year in a row, conventional apples topped the list of their “Dirty Dozen” as the number one pesticide-laced food item. Click through the link to find out what other produce you may want to spring for organic if you’re not a fan of chemicals. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apples , chemicals in fruit , chemicals in vegetables , clean 15 produce , conventional apples , dirty dozen pesticides , dirty dozen produce , Environmental Working Group , pesticide vegetables , pesticide-laden produce , pesticides in apples , shopper’s guide to pesticides in produce , toxic synthetic pesticides

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Ototo Turns the Produce Aisle into an Extraordinary Organic Orchestra

February 5, 2014 by  
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Ever dreamed of owning a melodic melon, harmonious horseradish, or pitch-perfect pineapple? The Ototo synthesizer developed by London-based Dentaku allows musicians of any level to turn the produce aisle into an orchestra. Powered either by batteries or a USB cable, the device is set up like a piano keyboard with 12 different notes. Two alligator clips attach to the inanimate object of choice, and a simple touch of the hand creates a sound. A built-in speaker and headphone port allows players to take their band on the go, or amplify their instruments. Read the rest of Ototo Turns the Produce Aisle into an Extraordinary Organic Orchestra Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Crowdfunding , dentaku , fruit and vegetable orchestra , inanimate object , kickstarter campaign , London , making music with fruit and vegetables , midi controller , musical instrument , open source software , ototo , piano keyboard , produce aisle , synthesizer , synthesizer attachments , turning produce into instruments        

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Koa Produces World’s First “Organic Water”

July 29, 2013 by  
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If the idea of bottled water strikes you as not particularly environmentally minded or possibly even a scam, you may want to hold onto your reusable canteen for the subject of this new Kickstarter campaign. Behold Koa , the “world’s first organic water.” Yes, you read that correctly. A team of entrepreneurs is banking on the fact that consumers will pay a premium for a product that tastes just like water, but is made from a proprietary process that presses nine fruits and vegetables in order to retain nutrients without any sugar. No external liquid is added during the process of squeezing the produce to create Koa. For a pledge of only $25, you too can enjoy that fresh, “spa water” taste! So, what makes Koa H2O different—other than an overzealous marketing team with a fragile grasp on the idea of sustainability? Read the rest of Koa Produces World’s First “Organic Water” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: america , blackbox , Bottled Water , California , Dallas , h2o , kickstarter , koa organic water , Produce , San Joaquin Valley , spa water , texas        

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V3Solar’s Spin Cell Cones Could Produce Electricity for the Insanely Low Cost of Eight Cents per kWh

January 25, 2013 by  
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When V3Solar released information about their Spin Cell photovoltaic cones last year , the details already looked remarkably impressive; a smaller physical footprint combined with the capacity to generate up to 20 times as much energy as the flat solar panels of the same surface area. Now Clean Technica has estimates for the Levelized Cost of Electricity from these cones, and—if V3Solar’s calculations are correct—the Spin Cell could be truly revolutionary. Citing a “conservative” estimate, V3Solar states that the cones can generate electricity for eight cents per kWh. Not only is that radically cheaper than current averages for solar PV electricity—28 per kWh—but it’s two-thirds of the cost of current retail electricity . Read the rest of V3Solar’s Spin Cell Cones Could Produce Electricity for the Insanely Low Cost of Eight Cents per kWh Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: conical solar , photovoltaic energy , renewable energy LCOE , solar cones , solar cost , solar efficiency , solar panels , Solar Power , solar PV cost , solar technology , solar USA , spin cell , v3 solar , v3solar

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