Ag + solar solutions in fields and smart solar greenhouse

November 26th, 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica Putting solar panels on a roof is a good idea. Growing food in a greenhouse is also a good idea. But putting those ideas together usually doesn’t work because the solar panels block out the sunlight the plants inside need to flourish. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have created new solar …

This company wants to build a giant indoor farm next to every major city in the world. Vertical farming may finally be growing up.

Updated by David Roberts vox.com  Nov 8, 2017 Plenty … of varieties.  Plenty For as long as I can remember, people have been hyping vertical farming — growing crops indoors, using vertical space to intensify production. Its virtues, relative to conventional agriculture, have long been clear. Indoors, the climate can be controlled year-round. Pests can be minimized, and with them pesticides. Water and nutrients can be …

Review of research and future priorities to inform CA’s GHG emissions reductions plan: Agriculture and working lands

Byrnes R, Eviner V, Kebreab E, Horwath W, Jackson L, Jenkins B, Kaffka S, Kerr A, Lewis J, Mitloehner F, Mitchell J, Scow K, Steenwerth K, Wheeler S. 2017. Review of research to inform California’s climate scoping plan: Agriculture and working lands. California Agriculture 71(3):160-168. https://doi.org/10.3733/ca.2017a0031. This article grew out of conversations with state agencies concerning the need for a review of …

Mitigating methane emissions and off-setting some natural gas demand with bio-methane produced from food waste and dairy manure

Bio-methane produced from all available food waste and dairy manure in the US annually would offset about .74 percent of annual natural gas demand. The bigger savings come in mitigated methane emissions; around 100 Heartland-scale anaerobic digestion facilities can eliminate about 0.41 percent annually of the approximately seven billion tons of overall US greenhouse gas emissions.  Most manure just sits …

Conservation, restoration, & land management actions across global forests, wetlands, grasslands, and ag lands can provide 37% of cost-effective CO2 mitigation needed through 2030 for a >66% chance of holding warming to below 2 °C

PNAS: Natural Climate Solutions  Most nations recently agreed to hold global average temperature rise to well below 2 °C. We examine how much climate mitigation nature can contribute to this goal with a comprehensive analysis of “natural climate solutions” (NCS): 20 conservation, restoration, and/or improved land management actions that increase carbon storage and/or avoid greenhouse gas emissions across global forests, …

Antibiotic resistant bacteria are responsible for at least 700,000 deaths each year and cost billions in healthcare spending, lost wages and lost national productivity, est. $100tn and 10m deaths per year by 2050

Excerpt from The Guardian, Oct 2017 Resistant bacteria are a grave threat and getting worse. They are responsible for at least 700,000 deaths around the world each year: 23,000 in the United States, 25,000 in Europe, more than 63,000 babies in India. Beyond those deaths, bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics cause millions of illnesses – 2m annually just in …

Monsanto’s tobacco moment: Did Monsanto Ignore Evidence Linking Its Weed Killer to Cancer?

By Rene Ebersole, The Nation, October 2017 This story was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, a nonprofit investigative-news organization. E. Franz, a 40-year-old chemist from Springfield, Illinois, hit upon a discovery that would profoundly change agriculture: a chemical that works its way into the leaves of weeds and down to their roots, eventually killing them. Franz …

Grain that tastes like wheat, grows like prairie grass, and saves soil and carbon

By Madeline Ostrander, The Nation, October 2017 On an August morning in Minneapolis, I sat at a wooden table inside the Birchwood Cafe, a bright, cheerful restaurant a few blocks from the Mississippi River waterfront, tasting an éclair as attentively as I could. The flavor I wanted to detect was partly obscured by more conspicuous ingredients: a high-pitched, jammy blueberry …

World’s First Solar Powered Indoor Vertical Farm Comes To Philadelphia

October 3rd, 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica It’s always sunny in Philadelphia, according to the title of a popular television show. If so, it’s the perfect place for the world’s first solar powered indoor vertical farm. Metropolis Farms has constructed a 500 kilowatt solar array made up of 2003 solar panels on the roof of a building in The City of …

World Can Meet Growing Food Demands and Limit Warming to 1.5°C, Study Says

From EcoWatch, By Daisy Dunne , 2 Oct 2017 Agriculture and food production is responsible for around 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Slashing the sector’s emissions is considered to be key to limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, which is the aspirational target of the Paris agreement. However, adopting negative emissions strategies, such as soil carbon management, will be essential to help …