A Jeff Bezos-backed warehouse farm startup is building 300 indoor farms across China. Plus evolution away from less humane factory farming in the US.

Business Insider, by Leanna Garfield, 23 Jan 2018 Inside Plenty’s first farm in South San Francisco, California. Plenty The vertical farming startup Plenty just announced that it plans to build 300 organic, indoor farms in or near Chinese cities. In late 2017, the company scored $200 million in the largest-ever ag-tech deal. The funding round was led by Softbank Ventures and included DCM Ventures …

CCS and BECCS update

“You might say it’s against my self-interest to say it, but I think that, in the near term, talking about carbon removal is silly,” David Keith, the founder of Carbon Engineering, who teaches energy and public policy at Harvard, told me. “Because it almost certainly is cheaper to cut emissions now than to do large-scale carbon removal.” — New Yorker, …

Learning gardens in Naturally Smart Schools and The Big Green, Kitchen Community

Food Tank Jan. 17, 2018  A learning garden from Kimbal Musk’s nonprofit called Big Green. The Kitchen Community  Elon Musk’s Brother Wants to Bring #RealFood to 100,000 Schools Across America Kimbal Musk’s nonprofit organization, The Kitchen Community, is expanding into a new, national nonprofit called Big Green, to build hundreds of outdoor Learning Garden classrooms across America. Learning Gardens teach children an understanding …

Study in the Nature Climate Change journal suggests a 40 percent tax on beef would only reduce beef consumption by 15 percent.

By Michael von Massow and John Cranfield, Would a Beef Tax Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions? Jan 2018 The Conversation Will taxing meat products based on their carbon footprint reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve public health? The answer is maybe, but not notably—and it will come with significant costs. A recent study in the journal Nature Climate Change advocates applying taxes to the consumption of …

Urban Farming Key in Fight Against Hunger and Climate Change

The urban farms sprouting up and across cities around the world aren’t just feeding mouths—they are “critical to survival” and a “necessary adaptation” for developing regions and a changing climate, according to a new study. Urban farms—which include plain ol’ allotments, indoor vertical farms and rooftop gardens nestled amongst busy streets and skyscrapers—have become increasingly popular and important as the world’s population grows and more and more …

Urban ag benefits much greater than previously estimated

From a vacant plot in a blighted neighborhood springs neatly combed rows of plants put in by the neighbors. They meticulously care for this small piece of land and among the drab looking buildings sprouts a patch of green. Cultivating the land may have started as a way to unite a neighborhood; to give pride to place, or it might …

Water stress, soil, and oceans at risk

About 40 percent of the world’s food depends on irrigation, which draws largely from stores of underground water, called aquifers, which make up 30 percent of the world’s freshwater. Unfortunately, groundwater is being rapidly depleted worldwide. In the United States, the Ogallala Aquifer—one of the world’s largest underground bodies of water—spans eight states in the High Plains and supplies almost …

Biodiesel: Turning soybeans into diesel is costing us billions

Excerpt from NPR.org 18 Jan 2018 Biodiesel is very expensive, relative to petroleum diesel,” says Scott Irwin, an economist at the University of Illinois, who follows biofuel markets closely. He calculates that the extra cost for biodiesel comes to about $1.80 per gallon right now, meaning that the biofuel law is costing Americans about $5.4 billion a year. Irwin explains …

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 …