The United Arab Emirates has an arid, desert climate, and therefore, this region imports about 85 percent of its fresh produce. To increase food security and sovereignty in this region, Crop One, a vertical farm company, and Emirates Flight Catering partnered to open the world’s largest vertical farm for growing fresh leafy greens. Officially opened today, the 330,000 square-foot facility (called ECO 1) is capable … Continue reading The World’s Largest Vertical Farm Opens in Dubai
When discussing the connection between food and our environment, it is necessary to touch on greenhouse gas emissions of different foods. Cattle is often touted as the worst offender, while rice is also blamed for a high amount of emissions. Transporting food of course releases emissions, and air transport is the least favorable option for the environment. So – what percentage of greenhouse gas emissions … Continue reading How Much Do Food and Agriculture Actually Contribute to Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
Composting has been a top solution for waste management for biodegradable materials that do not need to be sent to the landfill. However, the issue with this solution is that simply not enough people do it. Most of us are familiar with the natural composting process, where it typically takes a few months for food scraps and other natural products to fully decompose. Now, thanks … Continue reading The Composter of the Future Processes Food Waste in Only 5 Hours
It’s good news for chocolate lovers that have sustainability on their minds: yesterday, a London-based startup called WNWN Food Labs announced the launch of one of the world’s first alternative chocolate products. Barley and carob are the primary ingredients in the alt-chocolate. The product is vegan, caffeine-free, gluten-free, lower in sugar than comparable products. As for environmental benefits, WNWN’s chocolate releases around 80% fewer CO2 … Continue reading WNWN Unveils Ethical, Environmentally Friendly Alt-Chocolate, Minus the Cacao
Basil thrives in sunny, warm climates, and therefore, it can be difficult to grow in Northern Europe. Future Crops, a Dutch-Israeli vertical farm company, has managed to produce a vertically-grown basil variety with high yields and longer shelf life to meet the high demands for the herb in Europe. The proprietary basil seeds were developed through natural breeding (without genetic modifications or editing) at the … Continue reading Future Crops Cultivates High Yield Basil With Extended Shelf Life
Indoor farming is typically used to grow food like leafy greens, herbs, tomatoes, and berries – now, this technology will be used to grow botanical ingredients for a cosmetic company. This week, iFarm and Capsum announced a joint research and development project to use indoor farm technology to support the creation of beauty and cosmetic products. iFarm, based in Helsinki, Finland, is an international farm … Continue reading iFarm and Capsum Partnership Connects Indoor Farming and Cosmetic Industries