Hydroponics keeping our chocolate safe

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“The International Cocoa Quarantine Centre’s aim is to reduce the amount of disease affecting cocoa plants by quarantining them before sharing them with different countries to produce new, more resistant varieties”

Hydroponics Keeping Our Chocolate Safe


A hydroponic CEA organization in London is keeping various strands of the cocoa plant disease free so farmers worldwide always have a ready, safe supply.  The CEA facility is more resilient and better lends itself to research and development for disease resistant cultivars (types of cocoa plant).

So grab a chocolate bar and read more about the project here.


Every vertical farming skeptic should read this

Every person skeptical of vertical farming should read this article

People don’t seem to get it yet just how explosive this industry is.  I’m not here claiming vertical farming is the next gold rush where you’re going to make your millions, but more and more is possible thanks to advances made every day.

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Best international “tall building”

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat recognized Sydney, Australia’s One Central Park as the best tall building in the entire world.

The council’s executive director, Antony Wood, said “Seeing this building for the first time stopped me dead.”

one central park australia

For building integrated agriculture fans everywhere, this is great news.  The more that international organizations recognize the merits of BIA and the more coverage it gets, the more people will support the technology and push its boundaries.  More eyes means more innovation, kind of what I wrote about here.

This building in particular highlights some of the most important ideas behind BIA:

  • Naturalization of our urban environment including extensive vertical gardens
  • The biophilic benefits (post incoming soon, signup for our newsletter to hear about it first) of a green aesthetic
  • Green innovation (reflective panels cover the buildings cantilever and redirect natural sunlight reducing the need for artificial lighting)
  • Sustainable resource use (recycled water, nutrients, etc.)

I wanted to highlight these key points as it’s not directly related to vertical farming and everyone might not have seen it, but if you want to read the full article, you can do so here.