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  • WorthStone - Impact Investing
    • ​Comment: Investors are looking on investments that give something back. Returns include: financial, social, environmental, community transformation


  • ​Time Magazine's Gregg Segal - What Kids Eat Around the World
    • ​Comment: Cambridge University identified countries with the healthiest diets in the world. Nine of the top 10 countries are in Africa, where vegetables, fruit, nuts, legumes, In the U.S., nearly 60% of the calories we consume come from ultra-processed foods and only 1% come from vegetables.

  • National Geographic - Step Inside the Silicon Valley of Agriculture
    • ​​Comment: The Dutch landscape is home to greenhouses that minimize gas, electricity, and water usage along with greenhouse gas emissions while maximizing the use of sunlight and recycling nutrients. Further innovation comes in the form of the buildings themselves—construction materials, lighting, and heating and cooling systems.

  • Wired - The Science Is Clear: Dirty Farm Water Is Making Us Sick
    • Comment: Growers aren’t required to test their irrigation water for pathogens such as E. coli. As a result, contaminated water can end up on fruits and vegetables. Food safety certified controlled environment agriculture in greenhouses avoids this problem.

  • ​​Asia Converge - Why hydroponics could be the future of farming
    • Comment: The hydroponics industry has become huge during the past decade. A news report put out by Reuters in August 2017 which quotes Statistics MRC, expects the global hydroponics market to grow from $226.45 million in 2016 to reach $724.87 million by 2023.

  • PHYS.ORG - UN report to highlight urgent need for Nature rescue plan
    • ​Comment: A 44-page, draft "Summary for Policy Makers" catalogues the 1001 ways in which our species has plundered the planet and damaged its capacity to renew the resources upon which we depend, starting with breathable air, drinkable water and productive soil. Agriculture is key accounting for at least a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions. Preserving nature is crucial for food production, for pure water, for medicines and even social cohesion. Shifting to plant based diets grown in high technology, low carbon footprint greenhouses is one way to resolve this problem.

  • AP News - UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future
    • ​Comment: Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the Earth’s land and the way people use the land is making global warming worse. That creates a vicious cycle which is already making food more expensive, scarcer and less nutritious. High capacity greenhouses protect the environment, support plant based diets, and don't require the clearing of forests.

  •  Crop Life - 5 Reasons Why Agriculture is in Worse Shape Than You Think
    •  Comment: Dr. Jim Budzynski, Managing Principle of MacroGrain Partners, "We must step back and accept that the world we all grew up is gone forever, and the one replacing it will have plenty of BIG challenges in the near term. That said, it will also create a lot of opportunities for people willing to truly get out of the box and realize that a new container altogether might be required to avoid that feeling that the glass is half full. Fasten your seat belts! "

  • Phys Org - ​​Grown from necessity: vertical farming takes off in ageing Japan
    • ​Comment: Japan's population crisis means the farmers are dying out, with question marks over how the world's third-biggest economy will feed itself.

  • ​​Green-Biz - We need-think-beyond-urban-farming
    • ​​Comment: Lettuce grown in a traditional greenhouse takes about 250 kilowatt-hours per year per square meter, compared to 3,500 kWh per year for lettuce grown in a vertical farm. Fresh Air Farms is a greenhouse operation using supplemental LED lighting.

  • The Guardian - ‘We are in serious trouble’: The other crisis – our food supply
    • ​​Comment: In addition to the coronavirus, England has a massively fragile just-in-time supply chain which could easily collapse; an agriculture sector which produces only around 50% of the food, leaving the UK at the mercies of the international markets; and production methods which are damaging to the environment and human health. Many countries are in similar situations.


  • BBC - Follow the Food
    • Comment: An eight-part documentary series that questions where our food comes from and how will this change in the near future, thanks to new technologies and innovative ways of farming