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Jennilee Marigomen: Botanophobia

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Vancouver photographer snaps bursts of nature in the urban environment.

Living in the city, there's a misperception that there's a line that separates the urban environment from the natural one. It's an illusion, of course. 'Botanophobia,' a collection of photos of urban plantlife by Jennilee Marigomen, reminds us that beneath the concrete artifice, nature rules. The talented photographer, who lives and works in Vancouver (hence the......read more

World's First Vertical Cube Garden

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Visionary horticulturalists Paisajismo Urbano erect world's first four-walled vertical garden in Spain.

The green wall trend is in full flight. Landscape architects are increasingly being tapped to incorporate vertical gardens into building designs, not only for beautification, but also as a means of reducing noise pollution, absorbing dust and producing oxygen. In Getafe, just south of Madrid, Spain, a newly erected four-sided vertical garden takes the trend to another level. Designed and built......read more

Greenaid Fosters 21st Century Johnny Appleseeds

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Clever urban hack created by young L.A. duo encourages people to replant their neighborhoods.

If you live or work in a city, odds are, you passed a vacant lot or an ugly, barren strip of soil at some point today. Now imagine if that eyesore were transformed into a wild garden. But how? Greenaid, a project by two recent grads of Otis College of Art and Design in L.A., Kim Karlsrud and Daniel Phillips, and local urban planner David Fletcher, is a plan to distribute candy machines loaded......read more

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

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

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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