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Fri Jan 22nd, 2021 at 03:03:44 AM EST
A rooftop forest for Rotterdam
Inside Singapore's huge bet on vertical farming by Megan Tatum
https:/www.technologyreview.com/2020/10/13/1009497/singapore-vertical-farming-food-security (subscribers only)
Hothouse - "an arched greenhouse as part of London Design Festival, which is filled with plants that it predicts will soon be able to grow outdoors in the UK due to climate change."
Researchers granted $1 Million to advance urban agriculture
This 2-Acre Vertical Farm Out-Produces 720 Acre `Flat Farms'
Rehabbing Quito, Ecuador's bullring stadium for food production
Freight Farms shipping container growing systems partners with Arcadia Partnership for clean energy to power food growing
Editorial Comment: InFarm is the only stand-alone growing system I know of which has included energy and resource efficiency from the beginning. A few years ago, I had the chance to ask one of the founders of Freight Farms about whether they had thought of energy efficiency as they started and his answer was no. Good to see that they are now stepping up
And a research project for net zero farming:
University of Toronto Scarborough & Centennial College developing Canada's first net zero vertical farm
Mapping U.S. Food System Localization Potential: The Impact of Diet on Foodsheds
Paris approves plan to make Champs Elysees into a garden
hat tip: Gil Friend
Calculating the carbon footprint of vertical farming and traditional farming
Editorial Comment: City Agriculture is a free listserv (contact the editor, email@example.com to subscribe) and every link from 2014 on is archived at http://cityag.blogspot.com
Ag Choice, the New Jersey Composting Council (NJCC) and other stakeholders have been meeting with NJDEP to create a tiered approach to regulating composting facilities that accept food waste -- especially since a law that bans food waste disposal for certain size generators was passed in 2020. The current Class C solid waste recycling permit doesn't allow for various scales of food waste composting operations, which include community composting sites and community gardens that process small amounts of food waste. "The one-size-fits-all Class C permit is antiquated and not based on science," explains Fischer, citing the data that Ag Choice has provided to NJDEP over the years. "And the cost to apply for and maintain the permit is prohibitive -- a $50,000 permitting fee, which doesn't take into account costs for engineering, storm water management, and air quality compliance. The annual compliance fees are over $30,000/year. That is out of reach for most organics recycling operations in the state."
[Jay Fischer, Ag Choice founder] emphasizes that more recent meetings with NJDEP staff have been positive, and progress is being made on rule revisions. "The Department has been responsive to our suggestions," he says. "We anticipate NJDEP will create exemptions to the existing rule, especially for community-scale composting. Changing the rules requires a legislative process, so we don't expect to see new rules adopted for at least one to two years. But I'm hopeful that -- more than 15 years in -- the modifications will become reality. Ag Choice has composted millions and millions of pounds of food waste, 365 days a year, in outdoor windrows. This works well."
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