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April 21, 2017

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February 27, 2017

Dousing Flames with Low-Frequency Sound Waves

A new type of extinguisher that uses sound waves to put out fires has been built by two engineering students in the US. Both chemical- and water-free, the invention offers a relatively non-destructive method of fire control, which could find applications in fighting small fires in the home, and the researchers now hold a preliminary patent application for their device.

While the concept of using sound waves to extinguish flames is not new, previous attempts to realize the principle – including efforts by teams at West Georgia University and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – had not been successful.

Undeterred by this, as well as initial [...]

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April 6, 2015

Vertical Farming: A Hot New Area for Investors

One of the hottest new areas for early-stage investors right now is vertical farming, says investment banker Craig Lawson.
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April 6, 2015

The World’s Largest Vertical Farm Is Being Built In an Old Steel Mill 

Across the Hudson and over Newark Bay, about 15 miles from Manhattan, a group of investors led by Goldman Sachs is financing the construction of what will become the largest indoor vertical farm in the world inside a former steel mill.It will also serve as the headquarters for a New York company called AeroFarms, which sprang up about a decade ago in upstate New York. The company uses a method it calls "aeroponics," a concept coined by a Cornell professor who is now a partner, which leaves the roots of plants bare or dangling in the open so that they can be sprayed with nutrients. The process cuts out soil and sun entirely, relying instead on LEDs and the constant circulation of air [...]
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April 5, 2015

Roadside Billboard in Peru Doubles as Thriving Lettuce Farm

Don't think highway advertising and hydroponic farming are simpatico? Think again.
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March 28, 2015

Farmers of the Future Will Utilize Drones, Robots and GPS

A Texas A&M University biological and agricultural engineer shares the impact of precision technology on agriculture and what new technologies growers can anticipate in the future.
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December 17, 2014

Climate denial, science and Genetic Modification

Blogpost by John Hepburn Originally published by Rooted August 2, 2011

Greenpeace have been strongly criticised in recent weeks over the destruction of a trial crop of genetically modified wheat. Some critics have labelled the organisation ‘anti-science’ and claim that opposition to GM crops somehow contradicts the support of climate science.

Firstly, it is useful to revisit what ‘science’ actually is, and what it isn’t.

Science is broadly defined as the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. The scientific method involves observing the world, [...]

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December 17, 2014

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? Not for bees and pesticides!

Blogpost by Reyes Tirado

I like to think that this old saying is true for some things in life: a broken heart, an economic crisis or running a marathon. If you manage to survive and once the pain is gone, you will feel better and stronger than before. But this is not true for bees and pesticides. Some common pesticides used worldwide and approved on the basis of their safety and low toxicity are actually destroying colonies of bumbles and honey bees.

Insects which – whether you like them or not – play a critical role in the reproduction of many edible plants: not many apples will ripen without the help of bees, for example.

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December 17, 2014

Illegal GE canola found growing in Swiss port area

Blogpost by Akiko Frid – May 31, 2012

Genetically Engineered (GE) oilseed rape, or GE canola, was recently found growing in Switzerland where nobody actually cultivates it. Switzerland has in fact had a GE moratorium in place since 2005 and the import of GE crops in foodstuffs and animal feed is prohibited. So where did the GE canola come from?

The GE canola was found growing wild in Basel’s port area. It is suspected that the canola seeds fell to the ground during the transit of barges or freight trains. Greenpeace Switzerland tested 136 canola plants and found 29 that tested positive for GE, all of which were Monsanto´s herbicide-tolerant [...]

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December 17, 2014

Chinese children used in US-backed GM food trial

Blogpost by Monica Tan – August 31, 2012

How would you feel if I told you that a group of scientists had come to the United States, and fed a group of 24 children aged between six and eight years of age a potentially dangerous product that had yet to be tested on animals?

What if I told you that state authorities had come out publically with clear directives against this very experiment, and yet the experiment had continued regardless?

You’d be pretty outraged, right?

Well, this is what we believe is happening, EXCEPT that it is happening on Chinese soil and on Chinese children (and I hope you’ve managed to [...]

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December 17, 2014

New study reinforces Greenpeace concerns about GM wheat

Blogpost by Rachel Dujardin

Yesterday, three respected international scientists raised very strong concerns in regards to the GM wheat trials currently occurring in Australia. Their position reinforces the concerns Greenpeace has long held regarding GM crops with RNA interference (RNAi) in general, and more specifically, our concerns regarding the human food safety implications of the CSIRO’s GM wheat program.

CSIROs wheat lines are genetically modified using the ‘technique’ of RNAi, in this case to alter grain starch composition of the wheat. RNAi is a type of gene silencing that occurs in the cells of plants and animals. Gene silencing reduces or [...]

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