Aquaponics At Home [FAO Small-Medium Sized Aquaponics Guide]

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Wow, I wish I’d seen this free guide before I started my farm. Although I’m focusing on hydroponics not aquaponics, reading this would have saved me a lot of time on system design. Check it out.

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Vertical Farming Could Cut 20% off Global Emissions

Author Kyle Simpson is the founder of Local Loop Farms, a startup turning food waste into fresh food through integrated ecosystems inspired by nature. To get more great content from the Urban Vertical Project and partners like Kyle, sign up here!

Kyle is going to breakdown, category by category, how switching to vertical farming could cut 20% of our global greenhouse gas emissions. 

You’ve probably heard before that the Earth’s population will have an additional billion people within ten years, 2.5 billion over the next 35 years, and that nearly two-thirds of this global population is expected to live in a city during this time.[1, 2] You may have even heard that feeding these new generations will require humanity to increase food production by 70% over our current levels of production.[3]

The catch, however, is that food production and consumption already accounts for 19% to 29% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, larger than emissions from the energy or transportation sectors.[4, 5]

Cut Emissions by 20% and Grow More
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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]”

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Virtual Vertical Farming (and we’re not talking about the internet of food)

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What do vertical farms have to do with video games? Maybe not too much, but there is one new tantalizing little crossover that has me excited, and I don’t even play video games!

Shoot That Vertical Farm NOW
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Vertical Farms on Earth Day

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It’s a rule, any tangentially green websites have to have new content on Earth Day.  Here’s mine.

  • What the District of Columbia has accomplished
  • Is Earth Day what it used to be? Does it matter?Happy

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