The world’s largest insect farm will grow hundreds of millions of beetles—for eating

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In France, the new farm will supply a low-carbon source of protein for pet food, fertilizer, and fish feed, replacing land-intensive options such as soy or cows. On a sprawling site an hour north of Paris in the French city of Amiens, a new vertical farm now under construction won’t be growing lettuce or vegetables. Instead, it will soon begin raising hundreds of millions of insects. Inside, in trays stacked under 130-foot-high ceilings, an automated system will grow and process beetle larvae for use in products such as pet food, fertilizer, and fish feed, as a way to dramatically shrink their environmental footprints. Read Full Story

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This biotech pet food startup is growing chicken protein to make dog treats

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Vegan food isn’t always the best option for pets—but that doesn’t mean a has to die to feed them. While some “cultivated meat” startups work on the technology to grow steak and burgers to serve in restaurants in place of farm-raised beef, a startup called Bond is using biotech to satisfy a different palette: it’s animal-free chicken protein is going in dog treats. And there’s a possibility that cell-based pet food might make it to market faster than the versions designed for humans. Read Full Story

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This vertical farm is growing food—but it’s for cows

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We use an exceptional amount of land to grow food for cows. Vertical farms could change that, if we used them to grow cow feed. Inside a new tent-like building on a large dairy farm west of Provo, Utah, tall towers stacked with trays of wheatgrass grow food for the cows outside. While most other vertical farms focus on growing salad greens for city dwellers , the new system is designed to tackle another challenge: the environmental footprint of growing feed for livestock. Read Full Story

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Abu Dhabi is investing $100 million in indoor farming as it tries to become more resilient

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With little water, scorching temperatures, and not much arable land, the UAE currently imports 80% of its food. Can it go local? In an industrial park built off a highway in the arid land between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, a sprawling new indoor farm will soon grow tomatoes under LED lights in a climate-controlled warehouse near a plastic production facility and other factories. The farm, the first in the world to commercially grow tomatoes solely under artificial light, is one part of a push to transform food production in the United Arab Emirates, where 80% of food is imported. The government realizes that to be resilient, it will need to find new ways to grow food in a desert climate with little rain and temperatures that regularly stay above 100 degrees. Read Full Story

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This factory is growing a new kind of food for cows: a seaweed that reduces their burps

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Cow burps release so much methane that they’re responsible for roughly 5% of global carbon emissions. Changing what we feed them can help. In a new factory on the Swedish coast, a startup called Volta Greentech will soon begin commercial production of Asparagopsis taxiformis , a type of red seaweed that’s never been grown before on land. The seaweed is being farmed because it has a unique ability to fight climate change: When it’s added to cattle feed, the cows that eat it burp less methane, a potent greenhouse gas that’s a major contributor to global emissions. Read Full Story

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This ‘quantum dot’ tech helps grow more plants by making sunlight more powerful

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Indoor farms can grow more food than fields by using special recipes of LED lights to induce more plant growth. This new technology lets a regular greenhouse achieve the same effect. Inside the sprawling warehouses where some indoor farming startups grow food under artificial light, custom “light recipes” adjust the color of LEDs to help plants grow faster. Even with efficient LED bulbs, the systems still use a huge amount of energy. But new technology designed for traditional greenhouses can manipulate sunlight in a similar way, without any use of electricity at all. Read Full Story

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This vertical farm lets you subscribe to your own plot of indoor-grown greens

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For $149 a month, Willo will manage a spot in an LED-powered indoor farm for you, delivering you enough greens for five salads a week. At a new vertical farm inside a warehouse in San Jose, consumers can subscribe to their own “plot,” where kale and mizuna grow under LED lights. It’s the 21st-century version of a CSA: Greens grow in towers with no pesticides and almost no water, and when they’re harvested, they’re delivered directly to consumers living within a 20-mile radius. Read Full Story

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Are dog-food startups like Farmer’s Dog and Wild Earth worth the price? We asked an expert

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An investigation into the Farmer’s Dog, Wild Earth, Jinx, and other gourmet dog food brands. After my Bernese mountain dog, Huxley, had a bad run-in with a rawhide bone, I learned the hard way that dogs can have sensitive stomachs. But the wrong food can cause much worse than tummy trouble. All it takes is a few minutes of research to find tons of food recalls and class action lawsuits about bad kibble. A new batch of boutique, direct-to-consumer dog foods promises to keep your best friend happy and healthy. They have beautiful branding and gorgeous Instagram ads, and they feature buzzwords such as “human-grade,” “grain-free,” and “fully transparent ingredients.” But are they worth it? We got in touch with Hunter Finn, D.V.M, TikTok’s favorite veterinarian , about dog-food marketing myths —and the best tips to avoid them. “Instead of falling for marketing tactics, we as pet owners need to …

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Why Thrive Market is a good alternative to Amazon for grocery delivery

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With a growing line of private-label organic products—and a mission to make healthy food more accessible—Thrive Market is a compelling Whole Foods competitor. Since its launch in 2015, Thrive Market has distinguished itself as a membership-based online market that offers the kinds of organic, health-focused products that you can find at specialty stores and Whole Foods. The grocer carries more than 6,000 products that fall into hundreds of categories, from pet supplies to pantry staples to health and beauty products, with vegan, non-GMO , organic , raw , Fair Trade certified , gluten-free , and kosher items taking center stage. Read Full Story

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This vertical farm in Denmark will grow 1,000 tons of local greens a year

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The fully wind-powered, hydroponic farm grows its plants with LEDs. If you buy lettuce in the winter in Denmark, it will probably be imported from Spain or Italy—or even Kenya. But a new vertical indoor farm on the outskirts of Copenhagen will soon begin producing 1,000 metric tons of greens a year locally. The Danish company running the farm, in partnership with a Taiwanese tech provider, says that similar farms covering an area the size of 20 soccer fields could fully supply the country’s entire demand for greens. Read Full Story

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What if Central Park were home to a massive urban farm?

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A corner of Central Park was once home to a thriving Black community. Amber Tamm wants to honor the legacy of that neighborhood with a farm to feed New York’s neediest. In 1825, downtown New York City was growing crowded. Then, as now, racism made New York an uncomfortable place for Black Americans, so Andrew Williams, a Black shoeshiner, took an opportunity to move north, away from the hubub of lower Manhattan. For $125 he bought three parcels of land between what is now West 85th Street and 86th Street and where once there was just farmland. Shortly thereafter, a church bought up a plot with plans to create a cemetery for African Americans. Other Black Americans soon followed. Read Full Story

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