Meet the Woman Who Runs NYC’s First Commercial Farm in a Residential Development

Posted on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 by

The farmer-in-residence is Zaro Bates, and she’s a 26-year-old from Brooklyn who is running the 4,500-square foot commercial farm built above an underground parking garage. Bates, with the help of her husband and business partner, Asher Landes, 29, who manages the complex’s apiary, are in the midst of their first growing season that’s already produced thousands of pounds […]

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Coffeemaker repurposes used grounds to grow fresh mushrooms

Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2016 by

As it turns out, the concept of using spent coffee grounds as a substrate for mushroom farming isn’t new. The used grounds—an abundant resource in university districts, creative urban centers, and in pretty much every American household—are basically the perfect material for growing mushrooms. Coffee grounds from cafés are ideal, because the forced steam of […]

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Africans Are Saving Their Own Soil

Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2016 by

An archaeologist stumbles on a hidden farming practice that’s been passed down through generations. Here’s how it works. For hundreds of years, parts of sub-Saharan Africa have suffered from poor soil. Weather, shifting populations, and slash-and-burn practices have left wide swaths of land relatively useless for growing food without major commercial intervention. But that’s not […]

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The Green Cone is a backyard solar digester that reduces 90% of food waste

Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 by

More of a food digester than a composter, this ingenious device is designed and produced in Ontario, Canada since 1988. The Green Cone, which is made of plastic, has a cone-shaped top and an attached basket that gets buried underground below the cone. You dump food scraps into the top, via a hinged lid, and […]

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This Machine Turns Your Food Waste Into Gas For Cooking

Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 by

HomeBiogas, based in Beit Yanai, Israel, is a biogas system that turns food and organic waste into clean cooking gas, and its byproduct can be used as liquid plant fertilizer. Best part? It easy to assemble and can be placed in your own backyard. You can place all kinds of organic waste including meat, dairy and […]

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Compost Crusader

Posted on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 by

One waitress wants to 86 food waste. Twice a week, Melissa Tashjian, 35, serves grub at a local pizza joint in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The rest of her time is devoted to her budding business, Compost Crusader, which helps turn food scraps and organic waste into nutrient-rich soil. “I’ve been in the restaurant industry since I […]

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500 hot showers from one pile of compost!

Posted on Friday, May 6th, 2016 by

Jean Pain is a guy that you’ve probably never heard of… He was a French innovator and inventor who developed an innovative compost-based bioenergy system that produced 100% of all of his energy requirements. Essentially, Pain was able to distill enough methane for all of his cooking needs, power a generator for his electricity, and […]

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Edible cutlery: Narayana Peesapaty at TED

Posted on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 by

The company, BAKEYS FOODS PRIVATE LIMITED was established in 2010 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India as an alternative to disposable plastic/wood cutlery and bamboo chopsticks.

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How Does Oakland Turn Food Scraps to Soil?

Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 by

Oakland began collecting compost from all residential units in July 2015, but where does all of this new green waste go? Follow the lifecycle of your food scraps as they make their way through the composting process.

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France passes ‘pioneering’ food waste bill

Posted on Thursday, December 10th, 2015 by

France passes new food waste bill obliging supermarkets to hand over unused food to charity and not destroy leftover products, claiming the law will be “unique in Europe” France is to enact a law to reduce the estimated 7 million tons of food wasted in the country each year. The law forces French supermarkets with […]

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