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How to feed the cities of the future

I’m a huge fan of aquaponic/hydroponic and aeroponic systems. The tech varies between DYI low-fi and rocket science & it forces you to deal with natural homegrown food. It’s sustainable, cheap & efficient and it could be a gamechanger for our urban future.

Therefore I’m happy to see that The Verge started their second Detours season with Caleb Harper’s CityFARM project:

At MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Caleb Harper’s CityFARM demonstrates the future of food production. He grows plants through aeroponics, a system that produces plants without soil. Plants are hooked up to servers and misting mechanisms. LEDs fill in for the sun and ladybugs (purchased on Amazon) occasionally make an appearance. Plants are periodically sprayed with a nutrient-rich mist that provides optimal pH balance. Light and temperatures are closely monitored. The environment nurtures plants that have twice the nutrient density of their conventional counterparts. Lettuce, bok choy, and tomatoes have already fed the scientists in the lab.

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With global energy consumption increasing, demand is surging for renewable energy resources. Read how three smart innovations in wind energy are helping to deliver maximum power with minimal impact.

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Making the transition from worldwide dependence on fossil fuel to greater use of renewable energy is challenged by the intermittent nature of renewable resources: The wind isn’t always blowing; the sun isn’t always shining. To facilitate the integration of clean energy sources, countries and cities are seeking better ways to store and distribute electricity. Essential in this effort is getting people to adapt their consumption behavior rather than expecting central generation plants to bear complete responsibility for balancing supply and demand. Read how a smart-grid project in Denmark is putting power back into the hands of the community.