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agricultureElectricity boosts crop yield by 30% while reducing pesticides and fertilizers

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China uses electricity instead of chemical pesticides and fertilizers to boost the growth of vegetables and fruits. Electricity boosted vegetable output by 20 to 30 percent. Pesticide use has decreased 70 to 100 percent. And fertilizer consumption has dropped more …

agricultureLong-term colonization of the solar system with 290,000 square feet per person

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A 5 km settlement radius corresponds roughly to the sweet design spot where earthlike radiation shielding is produced for free by the required structural mass. The paper is by Pekka Janhunen. Overall, the settlement concept satisfies the following generic requirements …

agricultureAustralia and Water Innovation

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The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is an independent Australian federal government agency responsible for scientific research. CSIRO works with leading organizations around the world. From its headquarters in Canberra, CSIRO maintains more than 50 sites across Australia …

agricultureUS and Mexico announce a new trade deal

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The U.S. and Mexico struck a trade deal on Monday that paved the way to replace NAFTA, the current agreement between the two nations and Canada. Mexican officials promised the Latin American country would start buying as farm product as …

agricultureWater management is complex and dynamic and requires better understanding and measurement

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Crop irrigation uses 70% of global fresh water extractions. Irrigated crops make up 40% of globally available food calories. Advanced technologies that could provide irrigation efficiency (IE) are funded and supported to improve the crop per drop. This provides private …

agricultureA fully annotated wheat genome good be used to massively boost wheat crop yields

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Wheat is one of the major sources of food for much of the world. However, because bread wheat’s genome is a large hybrid mix of three separate subgenomes, it has been difficult to produce a high-quality reference sequence. Using recent …

agricultureNanoparticles can triple the rate of evaporation for solar desalination

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Tellurium nanoparticles can triple the evaporation rate of solar desalination and can raise the temperature of water from 29° to 85°C within 100 seconds. If the production of Tellurium nanoparticles can be scaled up to commercial scale the energy needed …

agriculturePlant and stem cell based meat has normal meat taste but no antibiotics or hormones

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Chicken grown from cells is already on the menu in some restaurants and cell produced burgers are coming by 2021. Improved tasting plant protein burgers are also available. Impossible burger is a wheat protein burger that uses a plant based …

agricultureFirst Ocean fish farm raising 1.5 million salmon three miles off Norway

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Ocean Farm 1 is the world’s first deep-sea aquaculture farm. It is designed by leading salmon farmer SalMar ASA (of Norway). They paid China Shipbuilding Industry $300 million for six facilities. The first pilot system is 67 meters (220 feet …

agricultureImpossible Foods makes a wheat protein burger with taste and aroma of meat

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Impossible Foods has $400 million in funding. Pat Brown founded it in 2011. They now are selling factory produced meat to 2000 restaurants. They have sold 4 million burger patties. Their goal is to replace animal meat for food by …