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How the World is Embracing “Smart”

Touch the Soil News #857 (Feature photo – Aquaponic Setup – CCA SA 2.0 Generic Ryan Griffis) According to Plato, the fabled civilization of Atlantis was built around special waters, vegetation and food gardens. Now, from Berlin, Germany (a city of 3.7 million people), comes the idea of Roof Water Farming. By recycling rainwater from the roof through farming and fish farming, the water is cleaned and creates food right where you live. In short, the idea is to have building-integrated water treatment systems to irrigate and fertilize roof-top greenhouses. Water treatment will utilize aquaponics – a combination of plant and fish cultivation. For the complete story go to: http://www.roofwaterfarm.com/en/ueber/…

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Far Reaching Concepts

Touch the Soil News #670 (photos courtesy of Sasaki) International architecture firm Sasaki, with offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Shanghai, China is looking to re-invent food and cities in a big way. The firm just unveiled plans for a 250 acre urban farm to be integrated into the city of Shanghai, China. Shanghai is the world’s largest metropolitan area of over 35 million people. This urban farm is intended to integrate the latest vertical and urban farming technologies. There will be algae farms, floating greenhouses, vertical walls and seed libraries. Farming models will include hydroponics and aquaponics (includes fish). The project, when completed, is intended to produce enough food for…

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Will Food – As a Social Enterprise – Catch On?

Touch the Soil News #417 Philip Loo of George Town, Malaysia is roughly 8,500 miles from San Francisco. Philip believes most everyone can grow a portion of their food including protein. The way to do it is by learning some basics about aquaponics and then setting up an enterprise in your home. Loo calls his business Loo Urban Farm. He not only sells produce from his own aquaponic greenhouses, but offers workshops to learn how. His two-day workshop for ($250 USD) teaches you how to build a basic and commercial aquaponcis system that allows you grow pesticide free and non-toxic organic food. Loo also sells a home aquaponics system that…

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