Natalie Portman, Other Celebs, Invest in Vertical Farming Startup Bowery

Good News Notes: “Natalie Portman, an actor as well-known for her film roles as her dedication to causes ranging from the environment to animal welfare, has thrown her financial support behind a new investment round for Bowery Farming. The sustainable agriculture startup, the largest vertical farming firm in the U.S., secured over $300 million from both…

Modern farming: Coronavirus outbreak spurs high-tech greenhouse boom in China

Good News Notes: “At Chongming Island just outside Shanghai, China’s most populous city, workers collect and pack tomatoes and cucumbers at a glass greenhouse operated by Dutch company FoodVentures, which harvested their first batch of produce at the site in May. The facility is one of dozens sprouting up on the outskirts of China’s megacities…

This Styrofoam-like packaging is made of popcorn—not plastic

Good News Notes: “Those bits that come inside your packages are called peanuts, but of course they are made from polystyrene, not anything natural. But what if we could send things packaged in popcorn—the actual food, not another plastic-derived counterpart—instead? That’s the hope of researchers at the University of Göttingen in Germany, who have developed the plant-based…

Ikea Buys 11K Acres of Land in Georgia for Conservation

Good News Notes: “Ikea’s investment group recently acquired nearly 11,000 acres of land in southeast Georgia, taking it under its wing to protect it from development, and to keep its hundreds of plant and wildlife species safe. The Ingka Group, which owns and operates most of the popular Swedish retailer’s stores, recently acquired approximately 10,840 acres…

Environmental nonprofit acquires 1,000-acre Santa Barbara ranch for regenerative agriculture center

Good News Notes: “Environmental nonprofit White Buffalo Land Trust acquired a 1,000-acre ranch in Santa Barbara that it will use to create a research and education center focused on regenerative agriculture. Regenerative agriculture focuses on improving, rather than simply sustaining, agricultural land. That in turn regenerates topsoil, captures carbon, increases biodiversity, and improves water cycles,…

Indoor, vertical farming could feed the world — and space

Good News Notes: “As the global population continues to increase, vertical farming is becoming a more widely recognized and viable solution to our food production problem. Vertical farming is a type of indoor farming where crops are grown in stacked layers, rather than spread out across large plots of land. These futuristic farms aren’t just going to have an…

Indoor Vertical Farming Expands Retail Presence

Good News Notes: “Indoor vertical farming company AeroFarms is expanding the retail presence of its leafy greens in the Northeast with current long-time customers – Whole Foods Market, FreshDirect and Amazon Fresh – and with Walmart in the Mid-Atlantic region. AeroFarms’ retail brand of leafy greens is grown using proprietary aeroponics and indoor vertical farming technologies, which yield annual…

How John Deere is Fighting Hunger in Nigeria

Good News Notes: “John Deere is being recognized for the success of its farming education program in Nigeria. Last year, Deere partnered with a non-profit and local farmers on the Rayuwa project, which aims to teach Nigerian farmers better agricultural techniques. Now, Fast Company business magazine has named Deere a winner of its 2021 award…

Citrus Derivative Makes Transparent Wood 100% Renewable

Good News Notes: “Since it was first introduced in 2016, transparent wood has been developed by researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology as an innovative structural material for building construction. It lets natural light through and can even store thermal energy. The key to making wood into a transparent composite material is to strip…