Crop dusting just got a lot more fun.
You probably haven't received a text message from a cow lately. If you had, you could be in for an (unpleasant?) surprise. The new system, developed for the immense Swiss dairy industry, lets farmers maintain a direct SMS connection with a device implanted into a cow's genitals.
There's absolutely no reason to do something peacefully and by hand when you could do it violently, with lasers, instead. Germany agrees, and scientists there are developing a system that replaces the task of pulling weeds with a system of plant-pulverizing semi-autonomous laser cannons.
Forget the fact that bees are super cute and stupendously important to our agricultural economy and general survival as a species. Let's just be selfish for a minute: honey tastes really, really good, and with this urban beehive concept from Philips, you can harvest unlimited amounts of liquid gold straight out of your wall.
There's always been something a little bit sinister about the outdoors, being all big and out there and full of bears. It's a shame that the plants we eat depend on the outdoors so heavily, but as it turns out, plants are brainless and don't know what's best for them. In fact, they're better off growing inside under the warm friendly glow of red and blue LEDs.
Bees have been having some trouble lately: they're all dying off, and nobody's really sure why. This is a big deal, a really big deal, and up in Canada, they're breeding genetically enhanced super bees to try to fix everything. Nothing like this ever goes horribly wrong in the movies, so it must be a good idea.
On February 10, 2011, astronauts on the International Space Station took this image of central pivot fields and grid fields just south of the city of Perdizes in Brazil. Small streams also run through this true-color image with crops including sunflowers, wheat, potatoes, coffee, rice, soybeans and corn.
Last week's Canadian resort-style vertical farm has nothing on the insane, Belgium-designed "Dragonfly" for New York City. The architects at Vincent Callebaut envision a structure that resembles the wing of the insect it's named after, and it's designed to contain...
What is this, a center for plants? Indeed it is — it's a multi-tiered skyscraper that houses farming and livestock spaces to grow food efficiently in an urban environment. The Harvest Green Tower is a winning design by Romses Architects...
Thought up by Italian architecture firm Studiomobile, vertical seawater farms sticking up out of the water could covert the salt-laden liquid into freshwater for crops. It's all about producing humidity. A series of vents would gather humidity from the seawater...