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‘Film farming’ uses no soil and just one-tenth the water
We’ve seen numerous innovations over the years that aim to enable farming in small spaces — urban areas, in particular — but recently we came across a concept that focuses on a limitation of a different kind: Fresh water — or the lack of it in so many parts of the world. With water efficiency in mind, Dubai-based Agricel recently launched a farming system that uses a film-like material instead of soil and allows farmers to use 90 percent less water. READ MORE…

springwise:

‘Film farming’ uses no soil and just one-tenth the water

We’ve seen numerous innovations over the years that aim to enable farming in small spaces — urban areas, in particular — but recently we came across a concept that focuses on a limitation of a different kind: Fresh water — or the lack of it in so many parts of the world. With water efficiency in mind, Dubai-based Agricel recently launched a farming system that uses a film-like material instead of soil and allows farmers to use 90 percent less water. READ MORE…

NPO Tsukuba Agri-Challenge uses salesforce.com to empower the social good

Non profit organization Tsukuba Agri-Challenge solves two problems—the lack employment opportunities for the physically and mentally challenged and, secondly, the void of a next generation of local farmers. 

Salesforce.com was chosen immediately to streamline and modernize the sales and distribution of produce via a cloud-based information network, accessible from any device, anywhere. Simple, easy and social, Salesforce.com and Chatter allow distributors to offer fresh products in a timely manner to a wide array of consumers.

Today, local farmer and consumers are connected real time and distributors are even able to collaborate with participating restaurants who can offer the best and freshest ingredients on their menus nationwide.

I really enjoyed this video.  I love seeing the combination of:  useful technology + profitable business practices + multiple social benefits, especially when it’s related to local agriculture. 

Fun fact:  I stayed in Tsukuba for a science competition once, so this brings back several good memories.  It’s nice to see a familiar city in your newsfeed, isn’t it?  
When I was at Whittier College, I did a presentation on potatoes.  I also did a presentation on corn.  While we’re on the subject of food commodities, I also did two separate papers and presentations on bananas. 
Potatoes, corn, bananas… the history of these food items and the social, political, and economic impacts they had on the world will always stun me.  This image of Peruvian potatoes is a nice reminder of the beautiful biodiversity of our food… which exists somewhere…  
Related links:
https://www.mainepotatolady.com/productcart/pc/home.asp
http://www.occupymonsanto360.org/2012/03/10/peru-passes-monumental-ten-year-ban-on-genetically-engineered-foods/

When I was at Whittier College, I did a presentation on potatoes.  I also did a presentation on corn.  While we’re on the subject of food commodities, I also did two separate papers and presentations on bananas. 

Potatoes, corn, bananas… the history of these food items and the social, political, and economic impacts they had on the world will always stun me.  This image of Peruvian potatoes is a nice reminder of the beautiful biodiversity of our food… which exists somewhere…  

Related links:

https://www.mainepotatolady.com/productcart/pc/home.asp

http://www.occupymonsanto360.org/2012/03/10/peru-passes-monumental-ten-year-ban-on-genetically-engineered-foods/

(Source: nissa.ger-nis.com)