Plant trees, live longer

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After controlling for income, education, and age, scientists showed that an additional ten trees on a given block corresponded to a one-per-cent increase in how healthy nearby residents felt. “To get an equivalent increase with money, you’d have to give each household in that neighborhood ten thousand dollars—or make people seven years younger,” says University of Chicago Psychology Professor Marc Berman.


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Update at The Plant

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The Plant is one of the greatest monuments to the circular economy that we have. It’s amazing and an article from Greenbiz gives us a much needed update:

“Fast forward to 2015. The Plant is home to a growing list of tenant businesses and thriving volunteer, education and farmer’s market programming led by the nonprofit.

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Underwater Vertical Seaweed Farm

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My friend Cole Mellino over at Eco Watch did some great writing about another type of vertical farm. More along the lines of vertical farming in something like permaculture than racks of hydroponic lettuce, this underwater seaweed farm utilizes all available components of a natural sub-sea space to grow the bounties of the ocean.

“Bren Smith has set up what he calls “3D ocean farms,” which “utilize the entire ocean column” to grow “restorative species,” including scallops, clams, oysters and kelp. Smith says this makes the oceans cleaner, healthier and more habitable, while providing jobs and food. [keep reading on Eco Watch]”


Farm Your Office For a Healthier Life

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Why aren’t there rice paddies lining the walk to your conference room? Why don’t you have lemon trees instead of cubicle walls? Where are your tomato plants!? The Japanese staffing company Pasona has all this and more and is one of the best examples of building integrated agriculture. Click continue reading below to find out:

  • What is building integrated agriculture and why it’s the the coolest part about vertical farming
  • What Pasona harvests and how
  • The health benefits for the employees of an agriculturally integrated office

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This Is Your Dream Tree House

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We can make urban spaces beautiful and biophilic. We can bring nature and agriculture to our cities to create a new strain of urban agroecology. And now we just might have some examples of what that might look like.

Dream Tree House

While this tree house might not be optimized for agricultural production, it’s a step in the right direction. By showing people that designs like this are possible, it puts building integrated agriculture and vertical farms that much more in the realm of possibility.

Finished in 2012, this residential complex sits in an Italian suburb; a testament to the combined possibilities of natural and urban landscapes. It’s not just aesthetically beautiful either. It’s practically important as well. The trees on the building and the surrounding flora absorb approximately 200, 000 litres of carbon dioxide every hour.

Credit where credit is due: “Luciano Pia has made our childhood dreams come true. With his design of not just a treehouse, but a residential complex decorated with one hundred and fifty trees – is this the first true scale residential treehouse?” Check out where I originally saw this here.

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