New Solutions for Urban Agriculture Borrow A lot from Nature

Innovators have been on the search for a natural way of combating issues like climate change and water depletion. Most recently, a New York City-based team of international experts has come up with a product that copies how living organisms tap, keep, and dispense water. The product, which received $100,000 from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation Ray of Hope Prize, could be used to meet sustainable food production.
The product, dubbed AquaWeb, is intended to assist urban food producers with the collection, filtration, and distribution of the moisture in the atmosphere, all embedded into a single system. Instead of using underground water, AquaWeb collects fog and rainwater and uses several strategies to distribute it.

AquaWeb itself borrowed a lot from nature. For instance, to collect water from the air, it copies the cribellate orb weaver spider web. It also lends from drought-resistant plants abilities to store water, and also the Jersey cow mushroom’s ability to dispense water. In turn, urban farms, indoor vertical farms, and even greenhouses become more energy efficient and more resilient to common issues.

Significant Changes for Greenhouse Glass Panes

In other developments, researchers and scientists from the University of California in Santa Cruz have made groundbreaking changes to greenhouse glass panes. The new breakthrough makes the glasses more energy efficient, and less damaging to the surrounding.

The new greenhouses use solar energy, and the glass panes now come with a magenta dye. The shading makes it possible for different wavelengths to be controlled to their extreme potential. Such a breakthrough is vital to the future of greenhouse farming, and people like Josh Smith are following keenly.

About Josh Smith

Josh Smith is the founder and CEO of Modular Greenhouses. He went to the University of Nevada in Reno and runs most of his operations in Washoe County. Through his company, Josh Smith challenges people to use greenhouses to sort out matters affecting communities. Josh Smith believes that with the new glass panels, greenhouses might become more productive.

Josh Smith has more than 15 years of experience in startups and has stayed dedicated to advocating for greenhouse activities. He also hopes that through his company, Modular Greenhouses, he can take the technology to local farms, and even schools in Reno, and help them produce higher quality food.

Michel Terpins: Ome Of Brazil’s Top Rally Racing Drivers

Sao Paulo, Brazil native Michel Terpins is a talented athlete. He is best known as one of Brazil’s top rally drivers. At age 40, Terpins has participated in countless rallies and is known for his exciting, aggressive style. A member of the Bull Sertões rally team, Terpins and Justo his navigator, won the 2017 Sertões Rally. This is just the latest victory for a driver that began his career in 2002 as a motorcycle rider. For the past 15 years he has been competing in automobiles. Michel Terpins founded the Bull Sertões rally team with his brother Rodrigo, another rally driver.

 In Brazil, the Terpins family is known as superior athletes. Jack Terpins, Michel’s father, had a very successful career in basketball. Rodrigo Terpins is a well-known rally car driver. At a young age, Michel Terpins became passionate about sports, especially racing. The drive to excel is seemingly in his DNA. And he has cultivated it all his life. He, too, played basketball and other sports before being captivated by auto racing and a passion for speed.

 Michel Terpins and his Bull Sertões teammates compete using a vehicle called T-Rex. It was created by the staff at MEM motorsport. Michel has driven the powerful, durable automobile in the Brazilian cross-country rally championship, the Mitsubishi Cup and other competitions in addition to the Sertões Rally. Although Michel Terpins has been competing in the Sertões Rally for 10 years, this is his second consecutive year participating in the Prototypes T1 competition driving the number 322 T-Rex. The Bull Sertões team currently leads the championship.

 Michel Terpins is now a top figure in Brazilian rally racing. He won many races using his skill, will, determination, courage and confidence and is making Brazil proud with his racing exploits. The 3,300 kilometer 25th annual Sertões Rally is among Brazil’s longest off-road events. Terpins has won many race stages because of his expertise. However, the meticulously designed T-Rex has recently added a V-8 engine. This should give Michel Terpins the power he needs to handle the tough terrain and win the Brazilian Cross Country Rally Championship.

Waiākea Water Taking Environmental Conservation Seriously

Water security is becoming more and more unpredictable due to the ever increasing human population, prolonged droughts, and future climatic projections. Conservation, therefore, becomes the best way that we can ensure constant supply of clean water for future generations. Every conversation effort that is implemented today will not only impact our future water supply, but will also improve recreational opportunities, our environments, wildlife habit, and much more.

One company that takes environmental conservation seriously is the Waiākea Hawaiian Volcanic Water Company. The company’s goal is to provide the world with clean, healthy, delicious water with as little environmental impact as possible.

Environmental protection has always been the cornerstone of Hawaiian culture. In fact, for thousands of years, the Hawaiians have significantly embraced their symbiotic relationship with nature: while deriving food, housing, clothing, canoes, and various musical instruments from nature, they take it as their responsibility to protect and conserve the environments through a wide range of sustainable practices. It is this responsibility that Waiākea Water takes seriously and strives to honor in all its operational aspects.

The company’s environmental initiatives include using globally recognized sustainable fresh water resources, partnering with low emission shipping companies, using only 100 percent RPET bottles, participating in both local and international carbon offsetting and restoration programs.

In comparison to conventional plastic bottles, Waiākea Water’s 100% RPET bottles use less 90 percent water, use 85 percent less energy to manufacture, and lower carbon emission by 90 percent. What’s more, Waiākea Water strives to use the highest quality RPET to make their bottles. Their bottles are also BPA free.

It is not hard to understand why Waiākea Water has been certified by Carbon Neutral as a premium bottled water and beverages company globally. While taking pride of their achievements so far, Waiākea Water’s goal is not only to continue innovating their products, but the industry as a whole.

About Waiākea Water

Founded in 2012, Waiākea Water has been a leader in the Hawaiian volcanic water sector. The company is proud to be among the most recognized companies in the global water conversation front. For every liter of water that they sell, the company donates approximately 650 liters of fresh water to disadvantaged rural communities in Africa through their award-winning non-profit, Pump Aid.