Japanese Commuters Grow Veggies On Train Station Rooftops


Rooftop farms have been established all over the world to enable growing food in dense urban areas. In Japan, a whole new kind of an urban rooftop farm was opened recently. Soradofarm is an urban agriculture project that uses the rooftops of train stations to accommodate urban gardens for waiting train passengers that want to use their transfer time to relax and train their gardening skills.

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  • Next Generation Vending Machines Dispense Healthy Food

    Chef's Farm's vending machine for fresh salads

    The vending machine as an urban phenomenon has a strong traditional connection with candy bars, soft drinks and other types of junk food. But the good ol’ vending machine slightly starts to gain a position in the distribution of healthy food as well. A while ago we stumbled upon a couple of initiatives that aim to automatically dispense healthy food to urbanites.

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    River Of Herbs: An Urban Wildlife Medicine Cabinet

    River of Herbs

    Amsterdam-based urban herbologist Lynn Shore has launched a new initiative to create an edible wildlife corridor through the Dutch capital. Amsterdammers are asked to participate by planting herbs in tree pits, pavement gardens, community orchards and other large or small spaces. The River of Herbs, when ready, should result in an eco-friendly alternative medicine cabinet for inhabitants, an edible corridor through the city and a renewed infrastructure for bees.

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  • No Fuss Aquaponic Garden Is Finally Here And To Stay

    Aqualibrium Garden

    Conscious grocery shopping is a noble thing to do. It benefits both, the people behind the produce and yourself, as the consumer. Yet, do you really know what’s behind your organic bananas, your fair trade coffee or your clothing made in your home country? Let’s face it, if you do not actively do some intensive research yourself chances are high that you, in reality, barely have any clue. Three young and energetic entrepreneurs are about to change this state of uncertainty at least in one aspect by relocating our source of fresh food away from supermarket aisles into our very own living rooms.

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    Floating Farms Ensure Food Security In Coastal Megacities


    The prognosis for the future: extreme population growth, urbanization, climate change, rising sea levels and desertification. As a consequence, the demand for food will grow exorbitantly. The present possible solution for the already on-going world food system crisis:  SeaLeaf - a floating agricultural platform for coastal megacities based on hydroponic farming.

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    Algae Farming On Bangkok Rooftops

    EnerGaia rooftop algae farm, Bangkok

    In Bangkok local downtown restaurants now serve fresh algae in their meals. The innovative rooftop farmers of EnerGaia have discovered that the rooftops of the city’s skyscrapers are perfect spots for producting the green vitamin-rich power food. Eating slimy green algae is probably not the first thing you think about when you enter a Thai restaurant, but hey, it’s healthy and very local.

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