NuAgri Educational Resources

Top 10 Food Additives to Avoid

Thanks to Food Matters for providing us with a shopping guide to the ‘Top 10 Food Additives to Avoid’. This spreadsheet / outline provides the names of additives to avoid and the foods you will find them in. Take the time to look through the list and take the time to commit to memory those [...]
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A Planner’s Guide to the Urban Food System

Published by Arly Cassidy and Bowen Patterson Why should planners care about the food system in their area? How can planners help shape a healthy food system? This guide sets forth a vision for an urban food system and describes the interlocking aspects of planning and the food system. “Food affects the economic, environmental, and [...]
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Direct effects of artificial lighting on arthropods and integrated pest management in greenhouse crops

Abstract Novel lighting technology offers the possibility of improved arthropod integrated pest management (IPM) in artificially lighted crops. This review compiles the current knowledge on how greenhouse pest and beneficial arthropods are directly affected by light, with the focus on whiteflies. The effect of ultraviolet depletion on orientation and colour-coded phototaxis are to some extent [...]
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Planning and Building a Greenhouse

Careful planning is important before a greenhouse project is started. Building a greenhouse does not need to be expensive or time-consuming. The final choice of the type of greenhouse will depend on the growing space desired, current architecture, available sites, and costs. The greenhouse must, however, provide the proper environment for growing plants. Below is [...]
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The Economy of Local Food in Vancouver

Executive Summary The food system within Metro Vancouver is responsible for feeding more than two million people on a daily basis. The region’s population is expected to grow substantially over the next thirty years, which means the system will need to keep pace. However, the region’s seasonal production limitations, coupled with demand for its horticultural [...]
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Building Regional Produce Supply Chains

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Whether the incentive is freshness, economic development, food safety, food resilience, healthy ecosystems, minimization of carbon footprint, or simply the desire for stronger community, the demand for regional foods is booming. The increase in demand, however, is not being met. Obstacles to efficient regional distribution are numerous and incredibly complex, with dysfunctional and inefficient [...]
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Growing Green, by Matt Blackman

Abstract: Food prices have doubled since 2002. The way we eat has changed more in the last 50 years than in the last 10,000 years. This article addresses issues with food prices and industrial agriculture practices. The article suggests a ‘clean green revolution’. Today, agritech companies are boasting significantly higher crop yields, year round growing [...]
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What’s Wrong With What We Eat?

Mark Bittman On What’s Wrong With What We Eat In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what’s wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants, too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it’s putting the entire planet at [...]
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What Is Aeroponics?

Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil or an aggregate medium (known as geoponics). Unlike hydroponics, which uses water as a growing medium and essential minerals to sustain plant growth, aeroponics is conducted without a growing medium. However, water is used in aeroponics to [...]
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The Great Food Crisis Of 2011

“By 2048 the World’s population will grow to 9 billion people. Food production will have to increase 70-100 percent to feed this growing population. That’s an annual increase in agricultural needs of 2.5% for the next 36 years” (UN’s Annual World Economic and Social Survey). Currently, countries all around the world are frantic to fulfill [...]
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What Is ETFE?

Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, or “ETFE” is being called a revolutionary building material. ETFE is being used in a wide variety of climate controlled environments. ETFE when used as a pneumatic pillow in membrane architecture continues to transmit more light than traditional greenhouse glass while keeping more heat with in the structure. For NuAgri’s applications this makes [...]
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ETFE Projects and Benefits

ETFE is the acronym for Ethylene-TetrafluoroEthylene Copolymer, which is a fluorocarbon-based material. It’s a durable, adaptable and transparent plastic related to Teflon, which is opening new horizons for architects like at the Beijing Olympics (a swimming arena made out of bubbles, though to me it looks like a gigantic mattress, or a stadium knitted from [...]
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  1. Quora says:

    How do I keep the plastic cover on my greenhouse from being torn off?…

    There are alternative materials, like ETFE, that are far superior to traditional plastics. ETFE can bear 400x it’s own weight, is not suseptable to UV damage; and scientists project it will have a practical lifespand well beyond 50 years. You can chec…