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Could the future of modern agriculture be found completely indoors? That’s the question on the mind of Caleb Harper, the research scientist behind the CityFARM project of MIT Media Lab’s City Science Initiative. On any given day on the fifth floor of the glass-walled Media Lab building, a team of 15 researchers led by Harper can be found operating the project's small indoor......read more

The Scarecrow: A Short Film on Factory Farming

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Amazing animation takes on mass-produced food (also, it's a Chipotle ad)

The animation geniuses from Moonbot Studios score a short film win with "The Scarecrow," an expertly crafted story about the evils of factory farming. Oh, and did we mention it's also a Chipotle ad? Scored by Fiona Apple’s cover of “Pure Imagination” (remember this?), the beautifully haunting video stars a lone scarecrow who experiences the dystopian world of mass produced meat......read more

The Farmer and The Bluefin

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The Perennial Plate takes a looks at the controversial practice of tuna farming

Driven by demand in Japan's seafood market, stocks of the bluefin tuna have depleted 85 percent over the last forty-odd years. Can aquaculture help meet the demand and save the threatened species? In "The Farmer and the Bluefin," The Perennial Plate hones its cameras in on a bluefin tuna farm in Wakayama, Japan. Whereas most bluefin farming operations capture young fish......read more

Iceberg Farming

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Entrepreneurs are chasing opportunity in a melting resource

As the world warms, capitalists are racing to capture valuable freshwater from melting icebergs. The harvested ice, used in products like bottled water and vodka, is marketed as purest water on the planet. Modern Farmer has dubbed it "the cold rush," and shares stories of some of the characters involved. One of the more dubious characters in the game is Otto Spork, a dentist who started a......read more

Post Grad Organic Farming

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National Geographic photos captures the infernal early moments of the disaster.

There's a trend afoot. In college campuses across the country there is talk about the evils of industrialized farming, the importance of organics, the beauty of green markets, and the politics of food. More and more kids are opting to intern on organic farms, and due to the burgeoning demand for organic produce bought directly from local farmers, it's a viable field for today's......read more

Orbiting Garden by Garden Fresh Farms

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City bus-sized urban farming contraption can produce 50 pounds of basil a day

Imagine a sustainable farm that is about the size of a city bus and is capable of producing fifty pounds of basil per day. Not only is that possible, you could help make it a reality in your community. Garden Fresh Farms is a St. Paul, Minnesota-based sustainable agriculture company that is trying to raise funds to build more of their Orbiting Gardens. Their Kickstarter......read more

Guerrilla Grafters: Covert Farming in the City

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Underground growers secretly splice fruit-bearing branches onto city trees

Guerrilla Grafters are vandals with hearts of gold. For the past year, the renegade gardeners have been risking the wrath of city officials by secretly splicing fruit-bearing twigs onto barren public trees in the Bay Area. Combining guerrilla gardening with urban farming, the group aims to use the city's trees to provide "delicious, nutritious fruit for urban residents." Passers-by are......read more

Farming Fish Sustainably at Skuna Bay Salmon

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Vancouver Island fish farm produces "craft-raised" salmon

As food issues go, they don't come more divisive than fish farming. Even within the environmentalist community, there are people on both sides of the argument. Advocates argue that aquaculture reduces stress on wild seafood stocks, while opponents point to viruses and sea lice that spread from farms to wild fish.  Nowhere is this fish farm debate more lively than on British Columbia's west......read more

Farming the Bluefin

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Can aquaculture help save the world’s largest tuna?

The giant Atlantic bluefin tuna is one of the fastest fish in the sea. A fierce predator, it hunts incessantly and can cross the ocean multiple times in its life. Now, European researchers are looking to convert this very wild — and very threatened — species into a farm animal. In Sunday's Week in Review in the New York Times, Paul Greenberg, author of "Four Fish: The Future of the......read more

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