Two million pounds of fresh produce, including salads, potatoes and herbs, are grown and distributed to the New Jersey and New York City area each year from AeroFarms’ Newark facility. However, instead of open fields, soil, sunlight and large quantities of water, this facility demonstrates aeroponics at scale, and is beginning
Hunter Lovins argues that we need a ‘circular economy of the soil’ to feed a growing population, restore soil quality and ultimately reconcile farming systems with natural cycles.
Estimates suggest that in the U.S. alone, over 40 billion plastics utensils are used each year, most of which are consumed and thrown away, either to landfill or crushed and down-cycled into a lower grade of plastics. Indian cutlery company, called Bakeys, believes that it might have an innovative solution
Our agriculture system is under a greater strain than ever before. The growth of global green yields has fallen behind global population growth, and artificial fertilisers and pesticides are reducing the soil’s ability to renew. “We need to take a different direction”, say Martin Stuchtey and Morten Rossé, who explore ways to reshape our food
A conference table with tomato plants growing on it and broccoli sprouts in the reception area are apparently just part of everyday life for workers in the office buildings at Pasona, based in Tokyo, Japan. Kono Designs, a New York based firm, has taken urban farming to a new level by creating
The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to influence a wide range of sectors and parts of the global economy. One area where significant progress continues to be made is agriculture, where technological advancements enable precision techniques, which could play a significant role in a new regenerative model for
Every Friday, Circulate rounds up a collection of interesting circular economy related stories and articles. This week, peacocks demonstrate principles of biomimicry, Tesla announce their car for the masses and comedians poke fun at the scale of food waste in New York.
One of the key points in December’s updated circular economy package from the European Commission was ‘a revised Regulation on fertilisers, to facilitate the recognition of organic and waste-based fertilisers in the single market and support the role of bio-nutrients’. A few months later, draft legislation on this aspect of
Every Friday, Circulate rounds up a collection of interesting circular economy related stories and articles. This Friday, we’re focusing on the latest disruptive innovations in the renewable energy sector, a round-up of some of the latest sharing economy commentary and much more…