Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
Valcent Products will build a super efficient 6,000 square-foot greenhouse in downtown Vancouver.
Valcent has revolutionized vertical farming with their hydroponic VertiCrop growing system. VertiCrop is a series of four-meter-high stacks of growing trays assembled on motorized conveyors. The conveyors (more…)
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
The type of agriculture practiced in a given region depends heavily on the climate and weather that region receives. So naturally, with climate change, agriculture will be forced to change. Certain crops will have to be discarded for alternative crops which may grow better in the new climate. In other cases, agriculture (more…)
Monday, December 19th, 2011
Perhaps the largest impact of global climate change will be on agriculture, and there is no crop more sensitive to changes in climate than wine grapes. As temperatures rise and average precipitation levels change, the signature wine-making regions such as those in France and California will be forced to adapt. There have been studies conducted analyzing (more…)
Sunday, November 13th, 2011
A student at Australia’s Swinburne University last week received the James Dyson Award for a device he says is capable of harvesting moisture from the air for use in irrigation, even in the world’s driest places.
Developed by Edward Linnacre, the Airdrop is a wind- or solar-powered device that sucks air underground (more…)
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
The planting of so-called “fertilizer trees,” indigenous tree species that draw nitrogen from the air and replenish the soil, has significantly improved the crop yields in five African nations over the last two decades, researchers say.
Since the 1980s, when the World Agroforestry (more…)
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
A new study says the world’s major river systems contain more than enough water to meet global food production needs in the 21st century.
Following a five-year study of 10 river basins — including the Nile, Ganges, Andes, Yellow, and Niger — scientists with the Consultative Group on (more…)
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
As global agricultural companies turn to Africa, a U.S. firm is planning a massive oil palm plantation in Cameroon that it says will benefit local villagers. But critics argue that the project would destroy some of the key remaining forests in the West African nation and threaten species-rich reserves. (more…)
Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Measuring the emission of greenhouse gases from croplands should take into account the crops themselves. That’s the conclusion of a study in the Sept.-Oct. issue of the Journal of Environmental Quality, which examined the impact of farm practices such as tillage on the greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide. Expressing (more…)
Thursday, August 4th, 2011
Breeding crops with deeper roots could significantly reduce atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide and make crops more drought resistant, according to a study by a researcher at the University of Manchester.
Reporting in the journal, Annals of Botany, professor (more…)
Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Dow Chemical is planning construction of a bioplastics plant in Brazil that the company says will produce plastic from sugarcane in volumes competitive with plastics generated from petroleum.
Later this year Dow, in a partnership with the Japanese firm Mitsui & Co., will start building a plant (more…)