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Port Augusta farm shows how to grow food in the desert

Source: foodworldnews.com Sundrop Farms, a privately owned enterprise, uses existing technology to grow tomatoes in the desert. Powered by solar panels, the company uses sunlight and seawater to heat and cool plants all year-round. This has caught the attention of partners Coles supermarket, that gave out a 10-year contract to …

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GFIA Africa: the platform for innovative technologies to combat climate volatility and drought

The South African agricultural sector is bracing itself for what has been described as one of the worst droughts that the country has experienced in decades. The lack of adequate summer rainfall combined with depleting water levels in major dams have already resulted in the introduction of water restrictions and …

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Can a ‘food computer’ prevent us from running out of farmland?

Source: huffingtonpost.com MIT research scientist Caleb Harper wants to build a real-life “Farmville.” He had taken a first crack at experimental agriculture following a visit to Japan shortly after the Fukushima disaster in 2011, where he saw that people were afraid to eat the locally grown food. He wondered if …

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Can SMART biotechnology serve sustainable agriculture?

Source: democratherald.com Wouldn’t it be nice if we could employ biotechnology in agriculture without imposing the risks and provoking the divisiveness that accompany the genetic engineering (GE) of food? What if the “transgenic” GE practice of combining genes from wildly divergent organisms to create what have been dubbed “Frankenfoods” was abandoned, …

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Future of food explored in Target/MIT collaboration

Source: sustainablebrands.com Target has announced a collaboration with MIT’s Media Lab and global design firm IDEO that will explore the future of food. The work will focus on areas such as urban farming, food transparency and authenticity, supply chain and health. Target says the goal of the multi-year collaboration is …

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Arizona agriculture creates framework to protect water supply

Source: westernfarmpress.com About 60 leaders from Arizona’s diverse farming industry huddled in September for the Arizona Agriculture Water Summit. The goal was to identify agricultural water issues across the Grand Canyon State and how the food and fiber industries should work together to protect its vital and threatened water supply. Farmers, …

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IoT and agri-tech offer exciting developments in new field

Source: siliconrepublic.com With all the talk of smart cities being the focus of where IoT technology and sensors can take us, we sometimes forget that outside of the cities is where some of the most exciting applications of the technology can occur in agri-tech. When you think of it, agriculture …

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Coming soon: Agriculture 3.0

Source: wallstreetdaily.com By 2050, the Earth’s population will surpass nine billion people. Needless to say, an increasing number of people on the planet will place greater demands on our infrastructure – from energy and transportation to basic food and water needs. As the “father of the green revolution,” Nobel laureate Norman …

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Minister: “Climate change affecting nutrition, food security”

Source: times.co.zm Zambia’s agriculture and livestock minister, Given Lubinda, has said extreme climate change is affecting nutrition and food security in the region as well as economic growth. Lubinda said climate change was having adverse effects on the continent’s food and nutrition security status and the livelihoods of people in rural areas. …

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Australia’s agriculture industry heads for bright future in China

Source: Weekly Times China’s slowing economy may not be good news for Australia’s mining industry, but agriculture commodities still have a bright future in China. That’s according to NAB senior Asia economist Gerard Burg, who said Chinese economic growth would continue to fall but changing Chinese diets would boost food demand. China’s …

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