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Phat Beets Produce -- The Ugly Truth of Ugly Produce
'Imperfect Produce claims they’re saving the world by reducing food waste–and helping farmers by buying surplus ugly produce that would have been thrown out. Sounds great. The reality is that this produce would have otherwise gone to food banks, to be redistributed for free. As social safety nets continue to get slashed and incomes stagnate, more and more people are turning to these food banks to access this imperfect produce. Imperfect Produce (the startup) is taking a cut into this same surplus, rebranding it, boxing it up in single use cardboard boxers and making a profit off of the desires of conscious consumers who want to reduce food waste. -- On their Frequently Asked Questions section of their website, Imperfect Produce claims that the California Food Banks only take 150,000 lbs per year of produce from California Farmers as a donation, implying that the rest in going to waste. The California Association of Food Banks say they receive and redistribute 164 million lbs of fruits and veggies each year. Something smells about this strategy, and it’s not the compost. -- ... Ben Simon, the co-founder of Imperfect Produce, spoke about scale to the U.S.News & World Report, “[The] farmers we work with have to have enough volume for it to really make sense. We want to be able to source at least a truckload from these growers each week, so they have to be at least midsize in most cases.” Imperfect Produce is only able to make a profit by working with the larger global agribusinesses, not the picturesque small and mid-sized farms they project in their marketing campaign. They donate the ‘leftovers of their leftovers’ to non-profits and the very place that surplus produce would’ve gone to in the first place, food banks. The only thing the company has done is to fulfill their bottom line by creating another market for agribusiness’ systemic overproduction. It’s a clever money making scheme, but it certainly doesn’t help small, local farmers or address the source of waste: overproduction by industrial farms as they produce the perfect produce sold in supermarkets.'
gentrification  agriculture 
13 hours ago by adamcrowe
The Future of Humanity's Food Supply Is in the Hands of AI | WIRED
The future of agriculture is in the hands of the machines.
agriculture 
yesterday by mcette
Emirates is building a giant vertical farm to feed airline passengers | World Economic Forum
One of the world’s largest airline catering operators and an agri-tech firm have teamed up to build a massive new vertical farm to grow produce for in-flight meals.
urban.gardening  agriculture  indoor.agriculture 
yesterday by zesteur
Open Garden - Hydroponics & Garden Plants Monitoring for Arduino
The Open Garden platform consist of three different kits, each ready for a specific kind of growing plant scenario: indoor (houses and greenhouses), outdoor (gardens and fields) and hydroponics (plants in water installations).
gardening  agriculture  opengarden  cookinghacks  kits  opensource  automation 
2 days ago by cyberchucktx
Firms That Bossed Agriculture for a Century Face New Threat: Farmers - WSJ
August 15, 2018 | WSJ | By Jacob Bunge

On any given day, Cargill’s global network may handle up to 20% of the world’s food supply, company officials estimate. Crops like corn, soybeans, wheat and canola remain the fuel for much of the empire.

“It’s the root of the Cargill company,” said Marcel Smits, Cargill’s chief financial officer. Still, he said, “it’s clear that everybody in the industry has had a difficult time over the past few years.”

Among the shifts: low crop prices, farmers with more capacity to store their grain and competition for crops from livestock operations and ethanol plants. Venture capital-backed startups are developing services that scan a wider range of grain buyers or connect farmers directly with food makers.

From 2012 to 2017, Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s ADM -0.33% profits in its grain merchandising and handling division fell 39%. Profits from Bunge Ltd.’s BG -0.26% similar agribusiness division dropped 76%. Cargill’s annual profits fell three out of those years, and the company has pointed to struggles in its own grain business as a factor......

A deeper technology effort is advancing inside Cargill’s corporate campus west of Minneapolis, where Justin Kershaw, the company’s chief information officer, is overseeing a multimillion-dollar investment in data science. The company is hiring technicians and building a “digital labs” unit that can knit together satellite imagery, weather-sensor data and artificial intelligence to get an early read on creeping droughts and places where foodstuffs may run short, he said.

Cargill expects the data-crunching unit to show how the company can run its own trading and logistics operations more profitably, Mr. Kershaw said. But Cargill also will use it to develop crop-planning and futures-market services for farmers.
ADM  agriculture  Bunge  Cargill  commodities  consolidation  grains  farming  threats  food_crops  informational_advantages 
3 days ago by jerryking
Weedingtech | Industrial Herbicide-free weed control
We manufacture commercial eco-friendly weed control systems which use patented hot water & natural foam technology for eliminating unwanted vegetation and cleaning streets.
agriculture  garden  biology  control  botany  enzymes  starch  hydrolysis 
4 days ago by asaltydog
AgriDigital - Trust & Transparency for Agri Supply Chains
AgriDigital's cloud-based commodity management platform makes your supply chain simple, easy and secure from farmer to consumer. Manage your contracts, deliveries, inventory, orders, invoices and payments all in one place and in real time.
agriculture  software  ml  AUSTRALIA 
4 days ago by shalmaneser
A 2-Mile Crack Opens Up In Arizona
The 2-mile crack in Arizona was formed due to underground aquifer depletion caused by local populations and agriculture; it will continue to grow.
cartoon  earthquake  forbes  scary  space  agriculture  arizona  massive  epic  apocalypse  las  vegas 
6 days ago by gorillaBraun

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