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News Release (March 19) – Today, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition released its comprehensive 2012 Farm Bill policy platform, Farming for the Future: A Sustainable Agriculture Agenda for the 2012 Food & Farm Bill. With a round of Senate Agriculture Committee hearings complete and House Agriculture Committee field hearings underway, Congress is hard at work writing a new farm bill. Meanwhile, the perfect storm of economic, environmental, and health crises currently gripping our nation demands decisive farm policy reform that will ensure a sustainable future for American agriculture.
Dr. Despommier on vertical farming. Photo by Kris Krug courtesy of Pop!Tech 2008 Since 1989, Sting has been involved in protecting the Amazon through the Rainforest Foundation which he co-founded with his wife Trudie Styler and last month played a benefit concert for the organization. He's been involved in other environmental causes like supporting sustainable food , and now he's putting a camera where his mouth is.
Last week, Seedstock, in association with Rady Entrepreneur Club held a panel entitled, Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship in Southern California at the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. The sold out event featured seven entrepreneurs discussing their companies and their reasons for pursuing and developing sustainable agriculture ventures and technologies. From high tech indoor urban farms that utilize the latest vertical farming technology to grow food cleanly, efficiently and without chemicals to renewable energy technology that generates electricity from agricultural waste, the entrepreneurs on the panel embodied the promise and vision of a sustainable agriculture industry that is set to experience explosive growth. Seedstock, with the help of Rady School of Management, recorded the entire event on video.
New Seedstocker | On 12, Aug 2011 It’s Vertical Farming day over at Seedstock and we’re celebrating with a digest that features stories on a number of vertical urban agriculture startups that have the potential to play an outsize role in furthering the goals of sustainable agriculture. Enjoy your reads! Rooftop Farm Couples Science with Sustainability Finding fresh, high-quality produce in Montreal is a challenge.
Dan Gibbs, CEO of San Diego, CA-based vertical organic farming startup Home Town Farms , doesn’t believe he’s introducing a new company, but an entire industry that will benefit consumers, the environment and the future of sustainable agriculture. “Urban farming isn’t new, vertical farming isn’t new, but vertical urban farming is new,” said Gibbs. To grow the vertical urban farming industry, Home Town Farms plans to build one-half to three-acre greenhouses on the rooftops, abandoned lots, and corners of urban areas in densely populated U.S. cities. Using proprietary vertical farming techniques, each site will produce organic vegetables, berries, lettuces and herbs to be sold to local consumers on site and wholesale to local farmers markets, restaurants and grocery stores. The company will also license its system to 3 rd parties.
What began as a business plan drawn up for fun has spawned Aqua Vita Farms , central New York’s first aquaponic farm. Aqua Vita Farms was founded by Mark Doherty and seeks to provide wholesale food distributors with safe, high value, aquaponically grown seafood and produce. Retrofitting and construction on the company’s indoor farming facility, a 13,000 square foot building in Sherrill, N.Y. that was formerly a polishing facility for Oneida Silverware, kicked off in May of this year. The company, which currently raises bluegill fish, and grows lettuce, leafy greens and herbs in its custom-made aquaponic systems, had it first harvest shortly thereafter in August. Inspired by an article
Did we run out of land? Talk about the intellect running amuck! I recently read this post on vertical farming. http://www.good.is/post/poptech-08-vertical-farms/
Concepts for vertical forests and farms have grown in popularity due to the sustainable future they represent. Not only does the idea of creating vertical high-rise buildings that include trees and vegetation seem like an innovative and interesting idea, but the stylised renderings submitted by the industry’s best also help to create the urban paradise image. That is however, also their downfall.