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Old Coal Mines Could Be Turned Into Farms

Abandoned coal mines across the UK could be brought back to life as huge underground farms, according to academics. Mine shafts and tunnels are seen as "the perfect environment" for growing food such as vegetables and herbs. Advocates say subterranean farms could yield up to...

Indian Startup Aims to Bring Vertical Farming To Your Doorstep

A Mumbai-based start-up,  U-Farm Technologies, is using hydroponic techniques to customise modular farms for an individual apartment complex or for a supermarket. A group of four, comprising three graduate students from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS) Pilani and a horticulturist, came with an...

Regina Food Bank Connects People With Fresh Food

From the light crunch of lettuce to the earthy flavours of sweet basil, the Regina food bank's greenhouse is not only producing fresh food, but also putting people back in touch with where their food comes from. "Growing our own food as a food bank...

Farm-in-a-box Coming To A Distribution Centre Near You

Eric and Matt founded Local Roots four years ago. Their first purchases were broken-down, 40-foot shipping containers. Local Roots upcycles the containers into modular, shippable, customizable farms, each of which can grow as much produce as five acres of farmland. The idea is to supplement,...

Vertical Farming As A Solution To Urbanisation

A New York-based sustainability strategist, Henry Gordon-Smith, said more and more young people were attracted to vertical farming. Vertical farming is producing food on vertically stacked layers, or in high rise buildings, rooftops, glasshouses, warehouses, or shipping containers. He said it was becoming increasingly popular in...

New Regulations For Greenhouse Growers To Produce Safe Food

As the rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act are finalized, greenhouse growers will be required to ensure the edible crops they produce are safe for human consumption. The purpose of the law, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is "To ensure the...