The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s recent Growth Within report revealed that over 30% of food produced in Europe each years ends up being wasted. Current initiatives have been focused on tackling the issues at the household and supermarket level. However, the Growth Within figures are reflective of the entire value chain and the challenge
Recent research has shown that almost one third of the food produced globally is wasted. In the U.S., the figure reaches as high as 40%. There’s long been an intuitive assumption that there’s nothing wrong with most of the food wasted and a startup based in Washington D.C. called Hungry
Feeding a global population that is projected to reach 9 billion by 2050 is one of the major challenges of the 21st century and it will require a systemic transformation of our agricultural systems. A recent film, produced for the Disruptive Innovation Festival 2015, featuring Brazilian sugarcane farmer Leontino Balbo
The case for a localised, even home-based food growing system is being made by the Open Agriculture Lab (OAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). They recently suggested that as much as 40% of an urban diet could eventually be produced in a domestic context, cutting down on transportation
An instructions booklet and a set of flatpack pieces that can be easily fitted together. All you need to start farming in the city. It’s somehow difficult to imagine, but it’s what innovators Mikkel Kjaer and Ronnie Markussen have in mind for the future of the city.
In their most recent “Food Futures’ report, a study that assessed 15 topics in the UK food system “from farm to fork”, WRAP argue that there is a significant opportunity for the food sector to take advantage of 21st century trends to become a more effective, healthy, environmentally secure and
As the global population continues to grow, the challenge of feeding the world grows with it. Internationally, the system is already strained and working ineffectively with one third of all food wasted, while an acceptable percentage of people live in food poverty conditions.
There are more than 200 operational (non-military) satellites currently in position above the Earth. Innovation is driving the cost down of putting satellites into space and increasing amounts of data is becoming available. A recent article argues that farmers are set to be key beneficiaries from the technology’s boom.
Last week, we wrote about the possibility of mealworms that could help to solve the plastic waste problem. It seems like worms might be the solution for a a few other waste issues too, this week a piece in the Guardian highlighted the potential for worms to be natural composters
A Wyoming-based vertical urban farming company, Bright Agrotech, has identified wall space as a potential space for urban farming in the city. Their lightweight hydroponic systems can be attached to any wall, potentially space along sidewalks or behind buildings.