To confront climate change, US agriculture seeks hardier breeds that can survive long droughts

climateadaptation:

Some adaptation is going to freak people out. Actually, stupid, link-baiting reporting is going to freak people out…

Cattle are being bred with genes from their African cousins who are accustomed to hot weather. New corn varieties are emerging with larger roots for gathering water in a drought. Someday, the plants may even be able to “resurrect” themselves after a long dry spell, recovering quickly when rain returns.

Across American agriculture, farmers and crop scientists have concluded that it’s too late to fight climate change. They need to adapt to it with a new generation of hardier animals and plants specially engineered to survive, and even thrive, in intense heat, with little rain.

Adapt yo food: via WaPo

Open Source Ecology - Global Village Construction Set
Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters that for the last two years has been creating the Global Village Construction Set,  an open source, low-cost, high performance technological platform that  allows for the easy, DIY fabrication of the 50 different Industrial  Machines that it takes to build a sustainable civilization with modern  comforts. The GVCS lowers the barriers to entry into farming, building, and manufacturing and can be seen as a life-size lego-like set of modular tools that can create entire economies, whether in rural Missouri, where the project was founded, in urban redevelopment, or in the developing world.

Open Source Ecology - Global Village Construction Set

Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters that for the last two years has been creating the Global Village Construction Set, an open source, low-cost, high performance technological platform that allows for the easy, DIY fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts. The GVCS lowers the barriers to entry into farming, building, and manufacturing and can be seen as a life-size lego-like set of modular tools that can create entire economies, whether in rural Missouri, where the project was founded, in urban redevelopment, or in the developing world.

Water availability is gradually declining. Even 30 years ago we had probably twice as much water as we have now.

Quote by Glenn Schur, Farmer from Plainview Texas.  Quote found online in article "Digital cloud lets farmer know when to water" published by BBC NewsGlenn Schur
Technology empowers China’s rural workers: a social networking site is linking donors as far afield as London and  California with farmers who seek micro-finance to develop small rural  businesses.   It has profiles of borrowers from Sichuan and Inner Mongolia, and  profiles of contributors from 47 countries who select online which  projects they want to support. In many ways, it is a Facebook for  farmers.

Technology empowers China’s rural workers: a social networking site is linking donors as far afield as London and California with farmers who seek micro-finance to develop small rural businesses. It has profiles of borrowers from Sichuan and Inner Mongolia, and profiles of contributors from 47 countries who select online which projects they want to support. In many ways, it is a Facebook for farmers.

Wireless  Sensor Networks » Blog Archive » Don’t leave farming to chance
Precision agriculture technology is made up of components such as the micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) sensors, GSM network, agriculture management systems and green houses for the close environment farming. Abd Jamil says he has been using the MEMS sensors for a while. These sensors allow farmers to collect in-field data, including temperature, humidity, soil moisture, pH level and macronutrients. 

Wireless Sensor Networks » Blog Archive » Don’t leave farming to chance

Precision agriculture technology is made up of components such as the micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) sensors, GSM network, agriculture management systems and green houses for the close environment farming. Abd Jamil says he has been using the MEMS sensors for a while. These sensors allow farmers to collect in-field data, including temperature, humidity, soil moisture, pH level and macronutrients. 

emergentfutures:

Using Pigs to Grow Tomatoes with Biogas

An innovative eco-friendly pig farm of the future is the dream of a Danish pig farmer, Soren Hansen and the concept of a PhD architecture student, Nee Rentz Petersen. The futuristic two-storey building, with pigs on the ground floor and tomatoes growing above, is now about to see the light of day thanks to a consortium comprising Gottlieb Paludan Architects. AgroTech and Nee Rentz-Petersen.

emergentfutures:

Using Pigs to Grow Tomatoes with Biogas


An innovative eco-friendly pig farm of the future is the dream of a Danish pig farmer, Soren Hansen and the concept of a PhD architecture student, Nee Rentz Petersen.

The futuristic two-storey building, with pigs on the ground floor and tomatoes growing above, is now about to see the light of day thanks to a consortium comprising Gottlieb Paludan Architects. AgroTech and Nee Rentz-Petersen.

Smarter Food Production: The Vertical Farm Project

Columbia University Health Scientist Dickson Despommier proposes vertical farms, many stories high, situated in the heart of the world’s urban centers. If successfully implemented, they offer the promise of urban renewal, sustainable production of a safe and varied food supply (year-round crop production), and the eventual repair of ecosystems that have been sacrificed for horizontal farming.

http://www.verticalfarm.com/

Turkish Farmer Mustafa Bacak used to slog through muddy fields, occasionally in pouring rain, to determine the temperature inside his greenhouse. Today he simply checks his cell phone for text messages informing him that the greenhouse’s climate needs adjusting. He can tweak the humidity or temperature using his phone or computer, all from the comfort of his home.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are teaming up to remotely corral cattle using a wireless device that sends sound straight into the bovines’ ears. (via GPS headsets make sure the cows come home | CNET)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are teaming up to remotely corral cattle using a wireless device that sends sound straight into the bovines’ ears. (via GPS headsets make sure the cows come home | CNET)

Conversations for A Smarter Planet: Food, Topic 4 in a Series

How do we put food on our tables? Once, people simply relied on their local farmers. Today, we depend on a global web of growers, fisheries, packers, shippers, manufacturers, retailers as well as government and industry bodies.

Conversations for A Smarter Planet: Food, Topic 4 in a Series

How do we put food on our tables? Once, people simply relied on their local farmers. Today, we depend on a global web of growers, fisheries, packers, shippers, manufacturers, retailers as well as government and industry bodies.