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  • Energy efficiency a key concern for vegetable growers

    As Australian vegetable growers continue to struggle under the weight of rising production costs, an energy audit report on the industry has taken a closer look at power consumption and efficiency. “Energy costs have practically doubled over the last decade, prompting the industry to take a closer look at the way facilities use energy, and to then use the report to identify ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Urban farming to expand in Montreal

    Lufa Farms Inc., creator of the world's first commercial-scale rooftop greenhouse, has announced a partnership that will result in several new rooftop farms in and around Montreal, beginning next year. A cooperative agreement has been reached with green industrial-park specialist Le Groupe Montoni of Laval to develop LEED-certified industrial ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Is Vertical Farming Here to Stay?

    Farmers growing vertically, in a warehouse, say they can grow 100 times more greens per square foot than traditional farms. Videos and articles are popping up everywhere about new vertical farms opening. An article from Business Insider features a new farm called ...


    By Dosatron International Inc.

  • Eaton Provides the Missing Ingredient for Leading Mushroom Farm

    A prominent, family-owned mushroom farm in the United States that prides itself on performance, quality and innovation has turned to an Eaton filtration solution to help increase productivity, lower costs, decrease consumption and result in a projected savings of more than $22,000 per year. Proper washing of produce is essential to ensuring that the healthy fruits and vegetables everyone loves to ...


    By Eaton Corporation

  • Bayer CropScience and Farm Frites jointly implement sustainable practices in European potato cultivation

    Bayer CropScience and Farm Frites recently started a Food Chain Partnership initiative designed to implement sustainable agricultural practices in potato cultivation in the Netherlands and Belgium. The goal of the partnership is to support a bottom-up approach with potato farmers addressing value-adding sustainable potato-growing practices at individual farm level. This is intended to minimize ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • In the world: nanotech on the farm - MIT chemical engineer Paula Hammond lends her nanotechnology expertise to farmers in Africa.

    Cassava is a tropical root vegetable and staple crop for millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. However, it’s tricky to handle: Once the root is removed from the ground, it spoils within one to three days, so farmers must get it to processing centers as soon as possible after harvesting it. If they don’t, the crop goes to waste. A simple way to prolong cassava’s shelf life could help farmers ...

  • LED lighting can significantly reduce greenhouse horticulture energy consumption

    With the exception of energy consumption, where there is still much to be done, the Dutch are global leaders in greenhouse horticulture. The quality is high, and nowhere else is the use of water and pesticides so low. Even so, demand for innovation, sustainable production and healthy fruit and vegetables and high-quality flowers remains high. One innovation that would really help in this is the ...

  • North American food giant to buy B.C. co-generation plant

    Village Farms International, Inc., one of the largest producers of premium-quality, greenhouse-grown vegetables in North America, announced today it has entered into a Sale and Purchase Agreement to acquire Maxim Power (B.C.), Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Maxim Power Corp., for CAD $4.5 million, subject to closing adjustments. The closing of the acquisition is subject to certain conditions ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Why eating less can help the environment

    An estimated 19% of total energy used in the USA is taken up in the production and supply of food. Currently, this mostly comes from non-renewable energy sources which are in short supply. It is therefore of paramount importance that ways of reducing this significant fuel consumption in the US food system are found. In a paper1 just published in the Springer journal Human Ecology, David Pimentel ...


    By Springer

  • The Benefits of Urban Agriculture; Trends in Green Agriculture and Sustainability

    August 31, 2010 - www.InvestorIdeas.com and its environmental investor portals, report on the benefits of urban agriculture for investors following green agriculture.   Aquamer Medical Corp. (OTCBB: AQUM) (DBA/ Urban Agricultural Corp.) a sustainable agriculture stock recently announced the acquisition of Urban Agricultural Corp. ("Urban ...


  • New PLENE for commercial planting of sugar cane in Brazil

    Syngenta today announced plans to broaden and scale up its PLENE platform of integrated sugar cane solutions. Through an exclusive licensing agreement with New Energy Farms, Syngenta will access an innovative planting system for sugar cane in Brazil: CEEDS (Crop Expansion Encapsulation and Drilling System). The CEEDS technology enables the realization of PLENE on a commercial scale. It is ...


    By Syngenta

  • Agriculture: the unlikely earth day hero

    Rising temperatures, erratic weather, population growth, and scarce water resources - along with growing civil unrest and skyrocketing food prices - are putting unprecedented stress on people and the planet. For over 40 years, Earth Day has served as a call to action, mobilizing individuals and organizations around the world to address these challenges. This year, Worldwatch Institute's ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Nepal sees potential in aquaponics

    Nepal sees food security potential in aquaponics, a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics. Aquaculture efficiently ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 12 Innovations to combat drought, improve food security, and stabilize food prices

    Soaring temperatures and low precipitation could not occur at a worse time for many farmers in the United States. Intensifying drought conditions are affecting corn and soybean crops throughout the Midwest, raising grain prices as well as concerns about future food prices. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 88 percent of this year’s corn crop and 77 percent of the soybean crop are now ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Aquaculture can grow faster, raising micronutrient supply from fish

    Fish farming will likely grow more than expected in the coming decade, offering a chance for improved nutrition for millions of people, especially in Asia and Africa, according to a new report.  Increased investment in the aquaculture sector - particularly in productivity-enhancing technologies including in the areas of water use, breeding, hatchery practices and feedstuff ...

  • Commercial Greenhouses See 35% Increase In Revenue With TruLite LED Grow Lights

    TruLite Industries, LLC is at it again, introducing their line of commercial LED grow lights through TruLiteLED.com. TruLite, known for bringing innovative products to the commercial greenhouse marketplace, is positioned to permanently alter how produce is grown on a large scale while showing grow operation owners how to increase revenue by 35% or more. TruLite LED ...


    By TruLite Industries

  • Seaweed problem could provide algae biofuel solution

    It has often been used as a farmland fertilizer, and in some communities it is eaten as a vegetable, but now researchers believe that seaweed could power our cars and heat our homes too. One species of algae in particular, sugar kelp (Laminaria saccharina), is exciting scientists from Norway. ...


    By Climate News Network

  • FAO launches new global soil database

    A new database on the world’s soils improves knowledge of the current and future land productivity as well as the present carbon storage and carbon sequestration potential of the world’s soils. It helps to identify land and water limitations, and assist in assessing the risks of land degradation, particularly soil erosion risks, said FAO this week. Derived from the soil database, FAO has produced ...

  • Speech by UNEP Director of Communication at the Save Food Congress

    Esteemed guests, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, On behalf of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and its Executive Director Mr. Achim Steiner, I am pleased to address this distinguished gathering. Ladies and gentlemen, Every day, more than 840 million people go hungry in a world of plenty. The majority of those suffering from hunger live in developing countries, ...

  • Rural development programmes 2007-2014 approved by the EC

    Country profile GERMANY Size: 357,000 km² Population: 82.31 millions inhabitants (density: 231 ...

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