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Problems in Agriculture – 2: Food Mileage

On average, food has to travel 2,400 kilometers from field to table. Traveling that far of a distance requires a lot of energy – it uses up refrigeration, transportation, stocking, and processing. One of the major problems with the way the current agriculture and food system is set up is the fact that food has [...]

By |March 21st, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Problems in Agriculture – 2: Food Mileage

Problems in Agriculture – 1: High Usage of Chemicals

<img class="alignnone wp-image-413 size-full" src="http://swissponic.ch/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Agriculture-High-Usage-of-Chemicals.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="400" srcset="http://swissponic.ch/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Agriculture-High-Usage-of-Chemicals .jpg 700w, http://swissponic.ch/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Agriculture-High-Usage-of-Chemicals-300×171.jpg 300w” sizes=”(max-width: 700px) 100vw, 700px” /> This is part 1 of a mini-series of articles on the problems of current agriculture.mens club 24 — The human population in the world never ceases its steady increase upwards, which is why it’s no surprise that it’s [...]

By |March 16th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Problems in Agriculture – 1: High Usage of Chemicals

Swissponic joins Association for Vertical Farming

As part of the growing movement of Urban Farming, I’m very happy to announce that Swissponic has joined the Association for Vertical Farming. The association is a “nonprofit organization focusing on advancing Urban and Vertical Farming technologies, designs and businesses” and is the ideal cooperation platform for the actors involved in urban farming. By joining, we hope [...]

By |March 14th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Swissponic joins Association for Vertical Farming

Going vertical

As many of you, I recently read the thought-provoking article Why Growing Vegetables in High-Rises Is Wrong on So Many Levels by Dr. Stan Cox of The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. Dr. Cox writing is full interesting argumentations and while I agree on some of them, there are some issues that left me a little puzzled. [...]

By |February 26th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Going vertical

Controller Beta Testing Program is starting

We finally received the controllers printed circuit boards from our manufacturer and they look gorgeous (at least for geek-minded people like me). We started to test them and we immediately found an issue… one of the mounted microchip is wrong. The model number differs by just one letter, but the chip is completely different and it doesn’t [...]

By |February 19th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Controller Beta Testing Program is starting