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Jul 25, 2022

Chennai Teacher Makes Homemade Fertilizers From Kitchen Waste, Grows Over 400 Plants

Posted by in categories: food, habitats

A midst the hustle and bustle in one of Chennai’s busiest streets, Chrompet, 51-year-old S Sathyanarayanan has created a green paradise on his 1,200 sq ft terrace. He grows 400 plants including ornamental flowers such as moss roses, medicinal plants like moringa, fruits like figs, and vegetables like lady’s finger, potatoes and more.

However, what’s unique about Sathya’s garden is that he prepares a variety of liquid fertilizers using kitchen ingredients to nourish his plants. Further, he also prepares a mix of water, jaggery, and an organic Waste Decomposer (WDC) solution in a 250-litre drum. This is fed to all plants regularly, which ensures healthy and pest-free growth.

“I started terrace gardening in 2015 after my family and I moved into our newly constructed home here. Earlier, we were living on the ground floor of a rented home and I could not grow many plants, as the availability of space was an issue. I started my gardening journey with 50 pots of money plants, tulsi, tomatoes and others. Today, my garden has over 400 pots, which grow ornamental flowers, fruits, and vegetables,” says Sathya, adding that regular visitors to his garden include buzzing honey bees and chirping love birds.

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Jul 25, 2022

Microplastics pass through fish, altering nutrient metabolism

Posted by in categories: food, particle physics

When Dong-Fang Deng and her students make feed for the fish they raise at UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences, they often use ground fishmeal—dried fish parts from fisheries or wild catch—as the protein source.

It’s possible to find microplastics in commercial fish food, she said, because the that end up in fishmeal consume some of the microplastics that litter the waters they live in. But after Deng actually spotted tiny plastic beads in pre-ground fishmeal, it prompted a question.

“We wondered, ” If the fish eat the microplastics, could the particles accumulate inside their bodies?’” said Deng, professor of freshwater sciences who researches the role of diet in , or aquaculture.

Jul 24, 2022

Along with serving food and assisting waiters, their newest employee carries dirty dishes back to the kitchen, helping keep their restaurant clean and tidy

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

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Jul 23, 2022

Else Labs Announces Pro Kitchen Focused Oliver Fleet As It Pauses Rollout of Home Cooking Robot

Posted by in categories: food, habitats, robotics/AI

Else Labs, the company behind the countertop home cooking robot called Oliver, announced today the launch of Oliver Fleet, a commercial kitchen reimagining of its original core product.

The new Fleet solution is a respin of its original standalone Oliver home cooking robot into a solution that allows multiple units to be used and managed simultaneously in professional kitchen environments to automate cooking tasks. According to company CEO Khalid Aboujassoum, while the Oliver Fleet units look the same from the outside as the original consumer unit, they’ve been built to withstand the more rugged requirements of the professional kitchen.

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Jul 23, 2022

The World’s Biggest Vertical Farm Just Opened in Dubai

Posted by in categories: business, chemistry, food, nanotechnology, solar power, sustainability

The Dubai facility has the capacity to produce over two million pounds of leafy greens annually, and will grow lettuces, arugula, mixed salad greens, and spinach.

ECO stands for Emirates Crop One; the vertical farm is a joint venture between Crop One Holdings (a Massachusetts-based vertical farming company) and Emirates Flight Catering (the catering business that serves Emirates Airlines). Greens from the vertical farm will be served onboard Emirates flights, and will also be sold in grocery stores in the UAE. Since they’re grown in a sterile environment without pesticides, herbicides, or chemicals, the greens come ready-to-eat and don’t need to be washed.

The UAE is in many ways an ideal location for vertical farming, if not a place where the technology may soon become essential. It gets an abundance of sunlight but doesn’t have much water to speak of (it was, fittingly, the field testing site for a nanoparticle technology that helps sandy soil retain water and nutrients); that means vertical farms could use energy from solar panels to grow food indoors using 95 percent less water than traditional agriculture.

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Jul 22, 2022

Why growing food indoors is the future of farming 

Posted by in categories: food, futurism

How a poker prodigy “accidentally” created a booming lettuce company.

Jul 22, 2022

MIT researchers develop silk capsules to replace microplastics

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

Researchers have created a biodegradable system based on silk to replace the microplastics used in paints, cosmetics, and agricultural products.

Jul 22, 2022

Silk offers alternative to some microplastics

Posted by in categories: chemistry, engineering, food

Microplastics, tiny particles of plastic that are now found worldwide in the air, water, and soil, are increasingly recognized as a serious pollution threat, and have been found in the bloodstream of animals and people around the world.

Some of these microplastics are intentionally added to a variety of products, including agricultural chemicals, paints, cosmetics, and detergents—amounting to an estimated 50,000 tons a year in the European Union alone, according to the European Chemicals Agency. The EU has already declared that these added, nonbiodegradable microplastics must be eliminated by 2025, so the search is on for suitable replacements, which do not currently exist.

Now, a team of scientists at MIT and elsewhere has developed a system based on silk that could provide an inexpensive and easily manufactured substitute. The new process is described in a paper in the journal Small, written by MIT postdoc Muchun Liu, MIT professor of civil and environmental engineering Benedetto Marelli, and five others at the chemical company BASF in Germany and the U.S.

Jul 22, 2022

Bananas and salmon help counter effect of salt in women’s diet, study finds

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

Eating foods such as bananas, avocados and salmon could help reduce the negative effects of salt in women’s diet, research suggests.

The study found that potassium-rich diets were associated with lower blood pressure, particularly in women with high salt intake.

Jul 19, 2022

The world’s largest vertical farm using 95% less water opens in Dubai

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

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