reshRealm is a vision for the future of food made possible by a temperature-controlled, reusable shipping Vessel and a B2B2C cloud-based technology platform. The result is faster distribution, fewer preservatives, reduced food waste, and nation-wide eradication of fresh food deserts. (via FreshRealm on Local Food Lab)
Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut writes that in this town, “the precursory inhabitants are linked together by their citizen commitment for a new ecological ideal that is energetically efficient, collective, and sustainable.” It definitely sounds like a cult. A hyper-efficient one with awesome houses, though.
A 7-month time lapse documenting the first full growing season at the Brooklyn Grange’s farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. At 65,000 square feet, it’s the largest rooftop farm in the world.
For more info, check out brooklyngrangefarm.com
Shot and edited by Christopher St. John
A big thanks to Ratatat for the music!
Song: Montanita - itunes.apple.com/us/album/classics/id354003618
Grown on over a million acres in California, alfalfa sucks up more water than any other crop in the state. And it has one primary destination: cattle. Increasingly popular grass-fed beef operations typically rely on alfalfa as a supplement to pasture grass. Alfalfa hay is also an integral feed source for factory-farmed cows, especially those involved in dairy production….. Californians are sending their alfalfa, and thus their water, to Asia. The reason is simple. It’s more profitable to ship alfalfa hay from California to China than from the Imperial Valley to the Central Valley. Alfalfa growers are now exporting some 100 billion gallons of water a year from this drought-ridden region to the other side of the world in the form of alfalfa. All as more Asians are embracing the American-style, meat-hungry diet.
Oh dear. This isn’t the analysis of the food problem that I’d have gone for.
"David Cameron’s official science advisers have called for GM crops to be rolled out across the UK by scrapping "dysfunctional" EU regulations that risk curtailing future food supplies.
"We take it for granted that because our supermarket shelves are groaning with food, there are no problems with the food supply, but there are," said government’s chief scientific adviser, Professor Sir Mark Walport, citing rising global population, limited farmland and climate change. "If we don’t use GM the risk is people going unfed.""
The problem isn’t production it is the structure of the food system.
Could we perhaps talk about food waste, use of productive land for non-food crops, the vast food resources being used as animal feed, the concentration of power in the food chain which pushes up prices etc etc.? The promotion of GM crops will just concentrate power further and do little to promote sustainable agricultural production.
This feels like a typical bait and switch strategy in light of the ongoing debates in Britain about rising hunger and food banks.
How to stuff, truss, and roast the breast of any bird you desire.
Read more: How to Make Stuffed Roast Chicken (or Turkey, or Duck) Breast Without a Recipe on Food52.
"It’s not until something terrible happens—like hurricanes or explosions—that basic repair projects to shore up infrastructure become a top priority. That will have to change, for the sake of our economy, the environment, and our lives. A 21st-century city can’t move forward with 19th-century pipes."
820 calories of internal chemical warfare - Not worth the bellyache or the regret!
A look at history’s biggest greenhouse gas polluters.