Archive for the ‘food’ category

Feb 28, 2021

‘Like a horror movie’: Caterpillar silences tomato’s cry for help, scientists find

Posted by in categories: chemistry, entertainment, food

“Scientists found that a caterpillar called the tomato fruit worm not only chomps on tomatoes and their leaves, but also deposits enzyme-laden saliva on the plant, interfering with its ability to cry for help. If it all sounds a bit improbable, starting with the concept of plants crying for help, scientists also scoffed at that idea when it was first proposed a few decades ago. But it has been shown time and time again that when under attack, plants can emit chemical distress signals, causing their peers to mount some sort of defense. A classic example is the smell of a freshly mown lawn, which prompts the release of protective compounds in nearby blades of grass that have yet to be cut. In some cases, plant distress signals can even summon help from other species. That’s what happens with the tomato. When caterpillars nibble on the plant’s leaves, the leaf pores release volatile chemicals that are detected by a type of parasite: a wasp that lays eggs inside caterpillars. (Not to overwork the horror-movie analogy, but as with the hapless astronauts in the “Aliens” franchise, it doesn’t end well for the caterpillar.)”

While there’s a famous horror-movie spoof about killer tomatoes, no one seems to have made one about caterpillars—the insect pests that eat the juicy red fruits of summer.

Feb 26, 2021

Christian Schwarz on LinkedIn: #technology #Moon #ESA

Posted by in categories: food, space

Call for ideas! Can your #technology be used to turn the #Moon’s resources into valuable solutions to store power, build infrastructure, grow food or enable life support? Read more and submit your idea to #ESA before 12th March 👉

Feb 25, 2021

A trusty robot to carry farms into the future

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

To feed 10 billion by 2050, the world’s farmers will need to increase food production by up to 70%. Bring in the robots.

Feb 24, 2021

This gooey, brainless blob can store memories

Posted by in category: food

Slime molds can imprint “memories” of where they’ve recently found food.

Feb 20, 2021

“Stronger and More Resilient,” the Future of CropMobster with Co-Founder Nick Papadopoulos

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

Founded as a resource to prevent food waste, the CropMobster network has grown into an online platform for farmers, food activists, and pantries to exchange resources. Designed to “ignite food system crowdsourcing,” CropMobster empowers local leaders to connect communities interested in sharing or trading goods, labor, excess food, events, and news to help end hunger and reduce food waste. CropMobster was established in the in 2013 and has expanded to serve farmers and local food leaders throughout California and the West Coast.

Food Tank interviewed CropMobster CEO and Co-Founder Nick Papadopoulos to learn about the recent additions to CropMobsters’ sustainable food networking platform since Papadopoulos spoke at Food Tank’s 2016 Farm Tank Summit in Sacramento.

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Feb 19, 2021

Art Installation Helps Plants Grow

Posted by in categories: food, information science

This art installation enhances plant growth while taking pesticides out of the equation through ultraviolet light. The GROW project shines vertical lights across 215000 square feet of farmland creating a luminous dreamscape that highlights the beauty of agriculture, and displays nature as the ultimate work of art it is!

📹 @roosegaarde via IG.

Feb 19, 2021

Water Mill Pump Makes Farming Sustainable

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

No fuel. No electricity. Just the power of nature! This pump harnesses the flow of rivers to bring water to farmers over a mile away! It’s an affordable and sust… See More.

Feb 18, 2021

Bundex Film Archive 1990’s

Posted by in categories: education, evolution, food, holograms, mobile phones

Blog — Bundex Film Archives coming to posthuman university.

As editor, sound engineer and roadie with director Bunny Dexter’s “Bundex Films”, the three of us (Eugene Smith was cameraman) travelled to various parts of the world making political, environmental and quirky documentaries during the first age of digital video. Bunny was also a judge at some international film festivals, and we actually won an award in Poland for one of our films. At NY film school, Bunny’s teacher was Marty Scorsese, who would call at Bunny’s flat sometimes when in London. We made two versions of a 3D hologram of Marty, of which he has one and I the other. After Bunny’s passing I inherited the huge shoulder-harnress digital camera which remains in my garage and has less capability than a modern smartphone, digital tape-decks and lots footage together with all rights, except for the lost Orson Welles tapes matter and story of his aristocratic Sicilian producer. More about this and other films later. I have boxes to sort through, and am sure I have forgotten some projects which will come as a surprise when I rediscover them. Will post at posthuman university side when sorted, this footage give unique insights from a period of very rapid evolution and transformation in film-making.

Documentaries include the Homeless and their Dogs, Gipsy persecution in Hungary, a study of Tattoo’s and Tattoo artists, Momento Mori – a film of an elderly lady after her death, and our pursuit of Cocoa plant agricultural sabotage in Brazil. There is unseen footage from these and other films, and interviews with Bunny before her death which I will edit together. She had an interesting life including appearances in Andy Warhol movies, and early success with a short film with Hollywood beckoning. Woody Allen was in her NY film school class, and many of her friends went on to become big stars, but B was too much of a socialite, and was unable to get her screen plays produced. At least one political biography that I have is very good, I might update it for sub-Hollywood production in the future. Anyway, Bunny had an interesting “career” and was close friends with Yoko & John Lennon from her guerrilla art days, Jimmy Hendrix, also Graham Chapman and some of the Pythons.

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Feb 17, 2021

Paris is Turning Its Dark Underground Parking Lots into Organic Mushrooms Farms

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

Yumm… mushrooms. 😃

The startup Cycloponics is growing 100–200 kilos of mushrooms a week in underground parking lots in Paris, Strasbourg, and Bordeaux.

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Feb 17, 2021

Ordering the vegetarian meal? There’s more animal blood on your hands

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

“Figures published in 2011 suggest that, in Australia, producing wheat and other grains results in: at least 25 times more sentient animals being killed per kilogram of useable protein more environmental damage, and a great deal more animal cruelty than does farming red meat. How is this possible? Agriculture to produce wheat, rice and pulses requires clear-felling native vegetation. That act alone results in the deaths of thousands of Australian animals and plants per hectare. Since Europeans arrived on this continent we have lost more than half of Australia’s unique native vegetation, mostly to increase production of monocultures of introduced species for human consumption. Most of Australia’s arable land is already in use. If more Australians want their nutritional needs to be met by plants, our arable land will need to be even more intensely farmed. This will require a net increase in the use of fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides and other threats to biodiversity and environmental health. Or, if existing laws are changed, more native vegetation could be cleared for agriculture (an area the size of Victoria plus Tasmania would be needed to produce the additional amount of plant-based food required). Most cattle slaughtered in Australia feed solely on pasture. This is usually rangelands, which constitute about 70 per cent of the continent.”

Going vegetarian, or even vegan, to minimise animal suffering and promote sustainable agriculture, actually kills more sentient animals living in vegetable crops that livestock farmed in paddocks.

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