Ikea just launched a DIY flat-pack indoor garden that can feed a whole lot of people at once

Swedish architects Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm collaborated with Space10, Ikea’s innovation lab, to design a piece of living furniture that can feed quite a few people, from the looks of it.

Called the Growroom, it’s a flat-pack spherical garden that grows plants, veggies, and herbs.

“Standing tall as a spherical garden, it empowers people to grow their own food much more locally in a beautiful and sustainable way,” its designers write on Medium.

Though Space10 launched the Growroom in late 2016, the designers just made the plans open-source. You can download the instruction manual on Space10’s site.

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Toshiba’s new vegetable factory to bring perfect produce to Japan

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Toshiba plant factory

When you hear the name Toshiba, you probably think about electronics products like televisions and computers. Thanks to its CT and other diagnostic imaging machines and technology, Toshiba has made a name for itself in the healthcare industry, too. Now, the company wants to go further to promote their healthcare initiatives, by introducing 100 percent pesticide-free vegetable factories in Japan.

 

 

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Indiana Amish farm leads the way to local food security

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Greenhouse at Sunrise Hydroponics.

There is an Amish farm in Topeka, Indiana that supplies all-natural, sustainable produce, using 90% less water and 90% less land, and that utilizes the most advanced vertical aeroponic technology on earth. You cannot get produce that is more local, fresh, healthy, and sustainable — even in the middle of an Indiana blizzard — like you can get at Sunrise Hydroponics, an Amish farm.

 

 

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PodPonics – shipping containers transformed into miniature hydroponic farms

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PodPonics

PodPonics is new hope for urban agriculture. The startup, based in Atlanta, is pursuing a new kind of recycling.  They are transforming old shipping containers into miniature hydroponic farms that can be used to grow food anywhere. Matt Liotta started PodPonics in 2010 and it is already supplying about 200 pounds of leafy greens a week using six converted containers.  About one acre’s worth of produce can be produced in each “pod” which is in only 320 square feet. PodPonics crops use 90% less water than traditional farms, no pesticides, less fertilizer, and go from harvest to your plate in just a matter of hours! (Pics)

 

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Laser “Tattoo” Technology Could Replace Sticky Labels On Produce

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Food ‘tattoos’ – an alternative to labeling fruit.

Those small and sometimes inconvenient sticky labels on produce may eventually be replaced by laser “tattoo” technology now being tested by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and University of Florida scientists.

 

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Plant Factories – The Future of Food

Plant Factories - The Future of Food

 Lettuces are grown in a sterile environment at Ozu Corporation’s plant factory in Japan – without being exposed to the air outside

 They look more like the brightly lit shelves of a chemists shop than the rows of a vegetable garden.  But according to their creators, these perfect looking vegetables could be the future of food.

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Future Shoppers Will Be Able To ‘Pick’ Produce From Supermarket Shelves

Future Shoppers Will Be Able To ‘Pick’ Produce From Supermarket Shelves

 Shoppers in the future will be able to ‘harvest’ fruits and vegetables from supermarket shelves

Supermarket shoppers in the next decade will be able to pick fruit and vegetables from plants still growing on the shelves, according to a report into the future of retailing.

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Amazing Vertical Farm For Vancouver

Amazing Vertical Farm For Vancouver

Vertical farm for Vancouver’s 2030 Challenge 

Vertical farms are one of our favorite future-forward concepts for creating sustainable cities. Providing locally-grown produce and food will not only help us reduce our carbon emissions significantly, but also help us become healthier. Romses Architects recently came up with an amazing concept for a vertical farm in Vancouver as part of the City’s 2030 Challenge. Complete with a tower for growing fruits and vegetables, a livestock grazing plane, a boutique dairy farm, commercial space, transit lines, renewable energy and more, the Harvest Green Tower has the potential to be a food growing, energy producing, living, breathing sustainable transit hub. (Pics)

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Antioxidants From Acai Berry Absorbed By Body

Antioxidants From Acai Berry Absorbed By Body 

 Brazilian Acai Berry

A Brazilian palm berry, popular health food though little research has been done on it, now may have its purported benefits better understood. In the first research involving people, the acai (ah-sigh-EE) berry has proven its ability to be absorbed in the human body when consumed both as juice and pulp. That finding, by a team of Texas AgriLife Research scientists, was published in a recent issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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Scientists Create ‘Diamonds’ from Tequila

 Scientists Create ‘Diamonds’ from Tequila

If you drink enough tequila, this is what you’ll turn into

Researchers have discovered a new way to make a type of synthetic diamond – from tequila.

Researchers at the University of Nueva Leon near Monterrey in Mexico found that when the Mexican spirit is heated under pressure, it produces diamond structures, which are able to conduct electricity. The crystals, used to make diamond film, have previously been made from a number of different chemicals, often including nitrogen.

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