Our food and agriculture system is not working. Consumers are experiencing declining nutritional quality and increasing health risks, while soil quality is eroded by chemical inputs and toxic waste. A tough starting point for any initiative, but the Main Street Project has identified it as an opportunity, as it aims
Open source, a movement most commonly associated with tech, coding and hacking, is now becoming an increasingly important issue for food according to a recent article published on Ensia and GreenBiz. It might be somewhat surprising, for example, to learn that more than one-third of all carrot growing material has
Creating farming techniques that don’t use heavy amounts of chemical fertilisers and pesticides or tillage – preparation of soil for planting through mechanical agitation of various types, such as digging, stirring and overturning – is becoming increasingly regarded as crucial for an abundant and secure food supply in the future.
In this weekend’s special Circulate on Fridays, and as part of our collaboration with the Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF), we are showcasing three select DIF events on Circulate. As always, we want to know what you think, let us know on our About page or in the comment space below.
The Biomimcry Global Design Challenge’s first ever $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation “Ray of Hope” Prize has been awarded to a team based at the Ceres Regional Center in Chile called BioNurse. Their innovation presented a new method to protect seedlings and increase soil health, drawing inspiration from natural processes.
Every Friday, the Circulate team pull together a collection of their favourite circular economy related articles, podcasts and videos that they’ve come across during the previous week. This week we’re looking at the amazing cost of wind turbines, food waste opportunities, new thinking on AI, the latest on Uber and plenty
Insects are going to be a significant part of the future of food. There are an increasing number of examples of the potential of insects, particularly in terms of their utilisation in animal feed. In a warehouse in Atlanta, Grubbly Farms are aiming to take it to the next level,
An abandoned underground trolley station in New York City’s lower east side has been transformed into a thriving “concrete jungle”, where plants and crops are being grown, with a somewhat remarkable level of success. We highly recommend this short video where Fast Company’s Mark Wilson takes a quick tour of
Around one third of all food produced is wasted across the value chain. While much of that waste occurs at an even earlier stage, there are significant issues for supermarkets and restaurants disposing of large quantities of food that goes unsold. However, there’s no questioning the potential value of this
A new innovation that enables the creation of healthier soils by retaining nutrients and preventing runoff from fields has won the first Living Product Prize in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. The $10,000 prize was awarded to the University of Oregon design team in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.