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Can a honey-processing service unite urban beekeepers?


An urban beekeeper in London. Photograph by Dan Kitwood.

The Bee Collective will extract and jar honey from beekeepers across London, aiming to promote habitats in the city

The Guardian
Aug 17, 2012

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Beekeeping in London has reached unprecedented levels in the past five years. Beekeepers’ associations report membership more than doubling and it is thought there could be as many as 5,000 beekeepers within the M25, each with an average of three hives. But harvesting and extracting honey from the honey comb can be a laborious, sticky and expensive process. The Bee Collective says it aims to take the effort out of extraction. In return it wants a small amount of honey as payment.

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August 19, 2012   Comments Off

Can Urban Agriculture Feed a Hungry World?


Image: Kenn Brown Mondolithic Studios

Agricultural researchers believe that building indoor farms in the middle of cities could help solve the world’s hunger problem. Experts say that vertical farming could feed up to 10 billion people and make agriculture independent of the weather and the need for land. There’s only one snag: The urban farms need huge amounts of energy

By Fabian Kretschmer and Malte E. Kollenberg
Zeit News
Aug. 17, 2012

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With its many empty high-rise buildings, Manhattan was the perfect location to develop the idea. Despommier’s students calculated that a single 30-story vertical farm could feed some 50,000 people. And, theoretically, 160 of these structures could provide all of New York with food year-round, without being at the mercy of cold snaps and dry spells.

The Power Problem. Despite these promising calculations, such high-rise farms still only exist as small-scale models. Critics don’t expect this to change anytime soon. Agricultural researcher Stan Cox of the Kansas-based Land Institute sees vertical farming as more of a project for dreamy young architecture students than a practical solution to potential shortages in the global food supply.

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August 19, 2012   1 Comment