food
Tour the Fish Farm Hidden in a Hong Kong High-Rise

In cities as crowded as Hong Kong, there is nowhere to go but up up up—even for fish. So, on the fifteenth floor of a high-rise, is a mini ocean in the sky: 80,000 litres of salt water where young groupers swim under cool, blue light. Could this be the future of urban farming? Read More >>

environment
The US Grows the Most Productive Plants in the World, Says NASA

Remember learning about America's "amber waves of grain?" Probably not, you're from the UK, but over yonder it's a lyric from a well known patriotic song. As it turns out that the United States' bread basket—a.k.a., the Corn Belt—is even more productive than previously thought. In fact, during its growing season, it's the most productive land on Earth, according to new NASA data. Read More >>

animals
You'll Never Believe All the Things Made Out of Chicken Feathers

It's estimated that 49 billion chickens are eaten every year, and this results in a few mountains' worth of chicken feathers in pure waste. But no more, some entrepreneurs say: chicken feathers could be the future of plastic. Read More >>

foodmodo
Inside London's World War II Bunker Turned Massive Underground Farm

Last week, we wrote about a project in London that sounds straight up apocalyptic: A massive underground farm inside a 60-year-old bunker, originally built to protect Londoners from Nazi bombs. Now, we have video—and it's every bit as spooky as you'd think. Read More >>

science
Is Human Urine the Future of Fertiliser?

Among the things I found mortifying about my parents when I was a teenager was their habit of leaving buckets of urine in the bathroom. Instead of flushing all that phosphorous-nitrogen-rich liquid down the toilet, they saved it for our backyard vegetable garden. Urine as fertiliser has since become a hip idea among some eco-minded backyard farmers. Read More >>

japan
Brave People Are Building Futuristic Farms on Japan's Radioactive Soil

What does radioactive salad taste like? How about rice sprinkled with nuclear fallout? Well, if you're truly curious, consider taking your next vacation in Fukushima, where some intrepid farmers have begun the daunting task of farming the region's tainted soil. Read More >>

drones
Some Good Things Drones Can (Actually) Do

While everyone is freaking out about Amazon's plan to unleash an army of delivery drones on the world, it's important to remember that these flying robots can do much more than just move packages. Read More >>

animals
Exploding Hog-Manure Foam is Costing Farmers Millions

Hog farmers across the US are dealing with a pretty shitty problem. A mysterious fecal foam has begun bubbling up from beneath barn floors, down in the darkness where pig manure falls, burping dangerous quantities of methane and hydrogen sulfide. Sometimes, though, it ignites, blowing up not just the barn but all of the pigs inside. Read More >>

environment
Agricultural Printing: A Rooftop Farm Culled By Autonomous Tractors

The World Expo Milano 2015 is still a few years years off, but details about the pavilions are starting to emerge. Today, we learn that a building sponsored by Dutch agricultural machinery company New Holland will feature a sloping rooftop field farmed by two "zero-emission, robotised, self-driving tractors." Read More >>

china
An Urban Farm In the Most Unlikely Location: A Shanghai Shopping Centre

We’re smack dab in the middle of a golden age when anything you could possibly want can be ordered online and delivered straight to your door. Even if you dare venture beyond the sofa to shop, your first stop probably isn't that stifling bastions of oppressive consumerism (and zombie flick backdrop), shopping centres! In Shanghai, however, one shopping centre is bringing a bit of outdoor life to the indoor scene.
It's called K11, and in addition to rotating art exhibitions and a rooftop terrace, this Shanghai shopping centre is home to a soil free, LED lit farm producing seasonal veggies like tomatoes, eggplants, and hot peppers. Rather than simply function as a clever landscaping element, the impact of these small scale farming methods is meant to extend beyond the confines of the site. Visitors can catch a horticulture expert lecturing on tips and techniques for developing a little domestic plot of their own, and there’s even opportunities to sow a few seeds in a custom planting box to take away and nurture into something special. Read More >>

design
Using Algorithmic Modeling to “Print” Smarter Fields

Combination planting—where certain crops are planted together to stave off pests or enhance taste—is as old as farming itself. But up until recently, it’s been difficult to be precise about where and how different crops can benefit from each other. Benedikt Groß, a UK interaction designer, is using algorithmic processing to improve on a practice that's thousands of years old. Read More >>

design
Laser-Cut Logos: The Future of Packaging Is No Packaging At All

The EU is notoriously sensitive about how its crops are grown—but this weekend, it will begin allowing companies to apply labels and barcodes directly onto produce using lasers. The new legislation—which has taken three years to pass—was spearheaded by a Spanish company called Laser Food (natch), which has developed proprietary tech to print the marks en masse. Read More >>

science
Wireless Networks of Cows Will Keep Gas Under Control

I'd hate to be the IT guy fixing this network. By dropping electronic devices into the stomachs of cows and networking them together, researchers hope to reduce the climate-warming farts and burps they produce. Read More >>

food
How McDonald's Makes Its Delicious French Fries

McDonald's french fries are so incredibly addictive that they can't be from this world, right? Wrong! Watching how McDonald's makes its delicious french fries in the video above, you'll see the farms the potatoes grow on, the massive machinery used to break them down and the good ol' fashioned frying that makes 'em pop. I can smell the fries through YouTube, mmm. Read More >>

foodmodo
Are These the Eggs That Technology Hath Wrought?

As anyone who knows me well will tell you, I make some mean deviled eggs. It would be pretty hard to improve upon my deviled eggs. Read More >>

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