Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
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December 11th, 2014
5:39
 

One of the biggest challenges facing any entrepreneur is getting funding to turn their vision into actuality.  “Sugar daddies” and/or anonymous deep-pocketed benefactors don’t exactly grow on trees.  So it’s up to the visionary to get motivated and take their heads out of the clouds of big dreaming and think of the mundane, down-to-earth reality that they’re gonna need $$$ to get their project going.

Of course, Social Media has created new ways to reach out to would-be investors.  Names you may already be familiar with are Kickstarter and Indiegogo.  There’s a new site out there which might be the one for you!

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aims to help agriculture projects

get off the ground through crowdsourcing

 

Read the article in Modern Farmer for an interview with one of the principals, founder Eileen Gordon:  Barnraiser Aims to Be ‘Kickstarter’ for Sustainable Food

Maybe putting all your eggs in one basket could catapult you to be the next inventor helping us all achieve a Smarter Planet!

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Win an exciting all-expenses-paid trip to explore sustainable farming first-hand in Latin America. Photograph: The Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance’s Follow the Farmer contest will give two winners (US contestants only) the opportunity to see first-hand what’s it’s like to pluck coffee beans or harvest mahogany on Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and forests and publish their observations on the Guardian.

Specifications

● Write an entry of 300 to 500 words

● Include relevant supplemental links if you’d like

● Submission deadline is Friday 19 December 2014, at 11:59 pm EST

Get all contest details and the entry form here

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Clovermead Farms won the 2014 Dairy Farm Sustainability Award at the Dairy Farmers of Canada AGM.

This is a seventh generation farm where the goal is to not only reduce their consumption, but to leave no impact and improve the world we live in.

Clovermead Farm is self-sufficient and generates excess electricity, enough to power an additional four farms. This keeps their costs down, allowing them to treat their cows very well which in turn results in great milk production.

Take a look at all of the ways that this farm is making a big difference:

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While we can’t all be farmers, it’s nice to know that the agricultural community values sustainability as much as industries in more urban settings.

Does this put you in the mood for a nice tall cold glass of chocolate milk (remember, I’m the self-proclaimed chocoholic)?

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December 2nd, 2014
10:44
 

From edible water bottles to yogurt encased in fruit flavored skins, the packaging industry is getting creative, but psychological barriers persist.

According to the UK government’s waste adviser, households in the UK threw out 4.2m tons of food and drink waste in 2012. Rethinking packaging is a popular topic of conversation for sustainability geeks. It will be a several years before such concepts are adopted commercially, so while we wait to be able to wash our packaging down the sink with plate scrapings, we’re encouraged to chew as well as reduce, reuse, recycle.

There are several food product companies with innovative product packaging, a few are WikiFoods and Loliware.

WikiPearl Ice Cream The first commercial WikiFoods products, delicious WikiPearl Ice cream and frozen yogurt

WikiPearl Ice Cream
The first commercial WikiFoods products, delicious WikiPearl Ice cream and frozen yogurt.

“Our solution is to eat the cup, because they’re fun and they taste great [current flavour on sale is citrus], or just compost them. Either way, you’re contributing to the solution, instead of the plastic problem,” says Briganti, who is confident that they can get more people thinking about reducing their waste.

“Our solution is to eat the cup, because they’re fun and they taste great [current flavor on sale is citrus], or just compost them. Either way, you’re contributing to the solution, instead of the plastic problem,” says Briganti, who is confident that they can get more people thinking about reducing their waste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have to say, some of these food items look mighty tasty! But, I am from the school of people who scrubs any unpackaged food items to within a second of its life before I consume them.

As a consumer, would you embrace this new sustainable packaging technology?

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November 24th, 2014
13:46
 

Moms may not be so adamant about their kids finishing their meal if they know that the uneaten (waste) food will go to good use to provide sustainable energy.

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Disney World has become a circular economy hub: food waste – including table scraps, used cooking oils and grease – are collected from selected restaurants in the Disney World complex, as well as area hotels and food processors, and sent to a system of giant tanks at a facility near the park. There, the food waste is mixed with biosolids – the nutrient-rich organic materials left over after sewage is treated – and fed to microorganisms that produce biogas, a mix of methane and carbon dioxide. The biogas is combusted in generators to make electricity, and the remaining solids can be processed into fertilizer.

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Harvest Power operates anaerobic digesters in Vancouver, British Columbia, and London, Ontario, as well as this one, near Orlando. Photograph: Harvest Power

Learn about the process here:

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Leave it to Disney to find a way to illuminate their Magic Kingdom!

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