Plantagon’s crowdfunded plantscraper aims to produce 500 metric tons of food a year

November 3, 2017 by  
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Swedish company Plantagon believes that ‘plantscrapers’ are the way of the future—and part of solution to the global food crisis. Part urban farm, part skyscraper, these vertical greenhouses could provide large-scale organic food production in cities, with a much smaller energy and carbon footprint than industrial agriculture. After years of research and development, Plantagon is now ready to embark on their first landmark plantscraper, called The World Food Building, and is crowdfunding their way to success . A pioneer in the fields of urban agriculture and food technology, Plantagon has set their sights on solving the food crisis as cities grow larger and arable land shrinks. Thus, the company created The World Food Building, a 60-meter-tall vertical farm and 16-story office building proposed for Linköping, Sweden that, if built, would serve as an international model for vertical industrial urban farming. The innovative ‘plantscraper’ would use Plantagon’s patented technology to produce 500 metric tons of organic food annually in a closed, clean, and climate-controlled environment. At least half of the energy used in food production would be recaptured and reused as floor heat in the office building. Plantagon estimates that The World Food Building could save 1,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and 50 million liters of water as compared to traditional industrial farming systems. To turn their first plantscraper into reality, Plantagon has turned to crowdfunding and asked the community to join them as allies. “We are reaching out to people everywhere who feel that commercial organizations should also be the driving force of change,” said Hans Hassle, Plantagon’s Co-founder and Secretary-General. “People are sick and tired of businesses being shortsighted and just-for-profit driven. We believe it’s time for this to change and the time for ‘business as usual’ is over. With potentially 100,000 allies all over the world supporting Plantagon, we will show that the power of the crowd gets the job done.” + Plantagon

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New sweet potato could alleviate hunger for "millions"

June 30, 2016 by  
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Each year, the World Food Prize Foundation honors individuals who contributed to “improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food throughout the world.” This year’s laureates include a team of three from the International Potato Center and the founder of HarvestPlus . The four researchers are credited with making sweet potatoes more nutritious , which could impact over 10 million people in Latin America, Asia, and Africa . The foundation described the four laureates – Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga, Jan Low, and Howarth Bouis – as ” biofortification pioneers .” According to World Food Prize Foundation President Kenneth Quinn, biofortification is “the process of breeding critical vitamins and micronutrients into staple crops, thereby dramatically reducing hidden hunger and improving health for millions and millions of people.” Related: This weird breed of mutant corn could solve world hunger The International Potato Center has researched sweet potatoes since 1988. The three laureates from the center bred and introduced a sweet potato fortified with Vitamin A. Andrade, of Cape Verde, and Mwanga of Uganda bred the sweet potato. Low, an American, designed programs to introduce the sweet potato. Nearly ” two million households ” across 10 African countries have planted or purchased their fortified sweet potato. HarvestPlus founder Bouis, an American, has worked on biofortification for 25 years. His organization focused on fortifying beans, pearl millet, wheat, and rice with zinc and iron; and cassava, maize, and sweet potatoes with Vitamin A. A deficiency in this critical vitamin can result in premature death and blindness, something the newly-enriched sweet potatoes can combat. Quinn said , “The impact of the work of all four winners will be felt around the globe, but particularly in sub Saharan Africa. It is particularly poignant that among our 2016 recipients are two African scientists who are working on solutions to tackle malnutrition in Africa, for Africa.” Past prize honorees include Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, former President of Ghana John Kufuor, and controversially in 2013, a Monsanto executive . Via Reuters Images via Wikimedia Commons and the World Food Prize Foundation

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These omnidirectional wheels turn any car into a 360-degree maneuvering machine

June 30, 2016 by  
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When it comes to automotive technology, we’ve seen a lot of advances in recent years – including more fuel-efficient vehicles , a rise in electric and hybrid engines, and the emergence of self-driving cars . That’s all great and wonderful, but it hasn’t addressed one of the biggest problem plaguing drivers everywhere: parallel parking. Fortunately, Canadian car buff William Liddiard has created the first (that we know of) truly omnidirectional wheels that can be bolted right on to a standard car . He mounted them on his Toyota Echo to showcase his invention. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-TOV-NBD70 The so-called Liddiard Wheels are downright incredible. The inventor claims that, unlike other omnidirectional wheels in the world, his special wheels do not require a custom vehicle or axle setup in order to function like the 360-degree dream they are. Instead, the wheels can be bolted onto any regular automobile , in the same manner as factory wheels. That fact alone may be enough to kick Liddiard’s invention into the mainstream marketplace, but it gets even better when you see how well the wheels work. Related: This tiny, shape-shifting, sideways-driving car could mark the end of parallel parking In order to design the wheels to turn quite literally on the spot, Liddiard determined that an enormous amount of torque would be required. So, he developed the setup to apply 24,000 pounds of torque directly to the wheels, which is a pretty amazing advancement on its own. With exquisite precision, a driver can move the vehicle in any direction, at any angle, which would pretty much eliminate the need for zillion-point parallel parking maneuvers. If you watch the video closely, which Liddiard swears was not modified with CGI, you can see exactly how the wheels work. The rubber surface of each tire actually rolls around itself, from the outside in or the inside out, depending on which direction the car is moving. This totally weird and totally amazing approach to omnidirectional wheels can reportedly be used on any type of rolling vehicle, which Liddiard hopes will help grab the attention of investors soon. + William Liddiard Via Gizmodo Images via William Liddiard/YouTube screenshot

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You can help feed millions of malnourished children in war-torn Yemen

August 20, 2015 by  
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The UN’s World Food Programme has warned that Yemen is on the brink of famine as a result of the ongoing fighting in the country . “Right now, the conflict-driven convergence between the lack of staple food, access to clean water, and a diminished fuel supply create the dawn of a perfect storm for the most vulnerable Yemeni people,” said Ertharin Cousin, WFP Executive Director, who has just returned from the country. Urgent help is needed by an estimated 13 million people, mostly women and children who are already hungry, the organization warned. Read the rest of You can help feed millions of malnourished children in war-torn Yemen

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Stylists convert retro trailer into chic and funky HairStream studio

August 20, 2015 by  
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“Firenado” spotted in Idaho’s massive wildfire

August 20, 2015 by  
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Idaho’s “Soda Fire” has been ablaze since August 10, consuming 280,000 acres of land in southwestern Idaho and southeastern Oregon. Last week, one of the firefighters on the front lines caught a video of a 100-foot “firenado” swirling upward toward the sky. The scene looks like something out of an apocalyptic film, yet these phenomena aren’t as uncommon as you’d think. Read the rest of “Firenado” spotted in Idaho’s massive wildfire

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A massive sinkhole has reopened in Florida, two years after it swallowed a local man

August 20, 2015 by  
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In February 2013, a surreal disaster struck a 1970s-era house in the town of Seffner, just outside of Tampa, Florida . Shortly after Jeff Bush settled in for the night, his brother Jeremy heard him screaming for help, only to enter Jeff’s room and find that he and all his possessions had been swallowed up by a sinkhole. Jeff Bush’s remains were never recovered, and the sinkhole was filled in—but now, over two years later, the hole has reopened and is around 17 feet wide and 20 feet deep. For Jeff Bush’s family, it brings back unsettling memories, but for the state of Florida, the sudden appearance of sinkholes is something of a familiar problem. Read the rest of A massive sinkhole has reopened in Florida, two years after it swallowed a local man

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Climate Change Could Render Our Favorite Foods Extinct

May 16, 2013 by  
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Image ©dbrekke As if worrying about rising   sea levels  isn’t enough, the evils of climate change are also affecting our food supply. A mix of increased temperatures, changes in rain, and bacterial and fungi outbreaks have hit American farmers hard, causing harvests to fall behind schedule or find complete ruin. With dramatic shifts in weather becoming increasingly common, a number of foods we’re used to eating could be in danger of extinction . Read the rest of Climate Change Could Render Our Favorite Foods Extinct Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , eco design , food extinction , food shortage , green design , ruined crops , sustainable design , world food supply        

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Why World Food Prices Are Poised to Keep Climbing

March 10, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: marfis75 / Creative Commons In February, world food prices reached the highest level on record . Soaring food prices are already a source of spreading hunger and political unrest, and it appears likely that they will climb further in the months ahead….

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Fashion Showroom And Private Living Space Squeezed Into 700 SF, For $ 6,000

March 10, 2011 by  
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