Food and Agriculture

Cell cultured meat replacing traditional animal farms; the growth of urban vertical and smart farms next-gen GMO plants and animals—this page covers the trends and news that will guide the future of food and agriculture.

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/26/farming-of-the-future-rise-of-hydroponic-food-labs-thomas-myers
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The Guardian
Needing no soil or sun, an underground farm in Liverpool challenges traditional methods
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https://www.vancourier.com/news/no-hormones-no-plastic-straws-and-now-no-meat-a-w-goes-beyond-burgers-1.23346001
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Vancourier
Vancouver’s Erin Ireland taste drives vegan Beyond Meat burger
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https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/in-an-end-to-cruelty-uttrakhand-high-court-declares-animals-to-be-legal-persons-1878011
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NDTV
In a unique ruling, the Uttarakhand High Court today accorded the status of "legal person or entity" to animals in the state, saying "they have a distinct persona with corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person."
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https://www.businessinsider.com/wework-bans-meat-2018-7
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Business Insider
WeWork is banning meat because it's bad for the environment. The company estimates the policy will save 445.1 million pounds of Carbon Dioxide emissions by 2023.
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https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/3k9n9y/vegans-are-traumatised-and-need-help-says-vegan-psychologist
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Vice
We spoke to vegan psychologist Clare Mann about the problems facing plant-based people.
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https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2018/11/15/18088776/end-animal-farming-vegetarian-vegan-meat-alternatives-jacy-reese
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Vox
A new book makes the case that alternatives to animal products can end the atrocities involved in farming animals.
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https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/9/18078810/animal-farming-end-jacy-reese-food-cultured-meat-plants-politics-policy
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The Verge
The Verge spoke to Jacy Reese about his book The End of Animal Farming and the future of technological advancements like plant-based and cultured meat.
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https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/future-perfect/2019/3/22/18273892/tyson-vegan-vegetarian-lab-meat-climate-change-animals
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Vox
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https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/21/whole-foods-ceo-john-mackey-plant-based-meat-not-good-for-your-health.html
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CNBC
Whole Foods CEO and co-founder John Mackey says while he thinks plant-based meat companies are more "ethical" than regular meat companies, he does not endorse meat alternatives for health due to their "highly processed" ingredients.
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https://www.wired.com/story/crispr-gene-editing-humane-livestock/
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Wired
Horn-free? Yup. Heat-tolerant? Sure. Flu-proof? Of course. Gene editing aims to make our food supply kinder and more efficient. But it’s struggling to leave the barn.
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https://www.greenforges.com/blog-index/the-benefits-and-challenges-of-underground-farming
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Greenforges
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https://www.ecowatch.com/urban-agriculture-tech-and-innovation-2642311884.html
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EcoWatch
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https://www.pnas.org/content/117/32/19131
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PNAS
Wheat is the most important food crop worldwide, grown across millions of hectares. Wheat yields in the field are usually low and vary with weather, soil, and crop management practices. We show that yields for wheat grown in indoor vertical farms under optimized growing conditions would be several hundred times higher than yields in the field due to higher yields, several harvests per year, and ve
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https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2019/08/31/new-ways-to-make-vertical-farming-stack-up
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The Economist
Cultivating fresh produce in an artificial environment is getting cheaper
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https://agfundernews.com/80-acres-farms-raises-40m-to-complete-fully-automated-vertical-farm.html
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Ag Funder News
The new facility will be automated from seeding to growing to harvesting featuring handling robotics, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and around-the-clock monitoring sensors and control systems to optimize every aspect of growing produce indoors. 
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https://www.businessinsider.com/las-vegas-vertical-farm-bringing-opportunity-to-the-strip-2018-8?r=US&amp%3BIR=T
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Business Insider
Oasis Biotech says it has invested nearly $30 million in the regional economy, created more than 100 jobs, and developed a sustainable model for local agriculture.
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https://www.eater.com/2018/7/3/17531192/vertical-farming-agriculture-hydroponic-greens
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Eater
Indoor, LED-lit growing operations grow food without soil or sunlight — but they’re expensive to set up, meaning vertically farmed kale currently costs 10 times as much as conventionally grown
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https://www.technologyreview.com/2018/03/08/3213/how-to-grow-four-tons-of-food-a-year-in-a-metal-box-without-sunlight/
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MIT Technology
Jaime Silverstein works on a farm every day. Inside a cargo shipping container. In Boston. She is a part of a growing movement of urban farmers intent on using efficient, high-tech hydroponic setups to shorten the distance between city dwellers and their food. This article is part of a series on jobs of the future…
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https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/598x83/we-need-completely-change-agriculture-adapt-climate-change-food-global-warming
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Vice - Motherboard
According to a new study, we’re growing too many grains, fats, and sugars and not enough fruits, vegetables, and protein.
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https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/feb/21/worlds-food-supply-under-severe-threat-from-loss-of-biodiversity
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The Guardian
Plants, insects and organisms crucial to food production in steep decline, says UN
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https://airqualitynews.com/2019/03/14/reducing-emissions-could-mitigate-worst-effects-of-climate-change-study-finds/
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Air Quality News