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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
Floating hydroponic unit enables coastal veg farming
Rapid growth of the world’s population has made food security much more of a serious issue in recent years, prompting food producers to look beyond the traditional model of land-based agriculture. While urban farming has in the past seen locations such as city rooftops harnessed for growing plants, now SEALEAF is a device that could help coastal cities turn their seafronts into local farms. READ MORE…
Vending machine salads are organic, and made fresh each day
Vending machine food isn’t typically known as an example of fine dining, instead serving to provide a quick fix when customers can’t get their hands on some proper food. While we’ve previously seen innovations such as Yves Behar’s Briggo aim to deliver barista-quality coffee from nothing but a robotic kiosk, Farmer’s Fridge is now hoping to do the same for salads — creating healthy, gourmet meals from fresh, high quality ingredients each morning, delivered through vending machines. READ MORE…
Packaging lets consumers message the farmers that made their food
Consumers don’t often have an intimate knowledge of where the food they buy at the supermarket or consume in restaurants comes from, but we have seen efforts to greater inform customers, most recently with the Harney Sushi restaurant, which details its sustainable fishing practices through edible QR codes on the meals themselves. Going slightly further, however, Cisse Trading Co. is now including QR codes on its baked goods and hot drinks that enable customers to send a message to the farmers that harvested the ingredients. READ MORE…
Coffee bean roaster promises the freshest automatic home brew
This is part of a new series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.
While some consumers may be swapping their morning brew for theSprayable Energy‘s drink-less alternative, others still treasure the nuances of a freshly ground coffee. For coffee purists, Bonaverde is now offering a machine that turns unroasted beans into coffee at the push of a button, maximizing flavor while also delivering profits more directly from consumers to farmers. READ MORE…
Laser sensors automatically fertilize crops that need it most
We’ve seen RFID tags adapted by Newcastle University in the UK to help farmers keep tabs on their cows, and now CropSpec is a device that uses lasers to detect the growth of crops and apply fertilizer only to the areas where it is required. READ MORE…
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Sensor alerts farmers via SMS when a cow is in heat
We recently covered the Kenyan iCow SMS service and now comes word of a like-minded innovation from Switzerland. Focusing this time on cows’ fertility cycles, Anemon is testing sensor technology that alerts farmers via text message when a cow is in heat, enabling them to better time the expensive insemination process. READ MORE…
‘Weed dating’: A twist on speed dating for young, single farmers
Over the last few years we’ve seen a resurgence in interest in agriculture among young, green-minded consumers, but it wasn’t until just recently that we came across an effort to address the romantic ramifications for those who make it their career. Because farming tends to be a hard-working and isolated life with long hours and little time or opportunity for socializing, Weed Dating is a new trend popping up across the United States by which young, single farmers get a chance to meet one another in a speed-dating fashion while working side-by-side in the fields. READ MORE…
Urban farm and market encourages consumers to be involved in the growing process
Selling farm goods directly to the consumer means greater profits for the producer and brings consumers closer to the source of the food they eat. The FARM:shop in London already offers goods farmed on site, and now The Farmery aims to encourage consumers in the US to see how their food is grown as well as take part themselves. READ MORE…
Cow farmers updated on cattle’s wellbeing via SMS
Smartphones may be commonplace among urban businesses, but rural farmers – especially those in poorer countries – may not have easy access to the devices. We’ve already seen India-based Nano Ganesh offer remote water pump control through basic cell phone technology, and now iCow is providing vital information to cow farmers via SMS. READ MORE…
Compact hydroponic unit can grow 10,000 vegetables a year
In recent times, Springwise has come across a number of startups aiming to aid urban crop growth with innovative hydroponic solutions, from the NASA-inspired Green Wheel indoor rotary garden to Efficient City Farming’s rooftop aquaponic farm. Now Japanese homebuilding firm Daiwa House Industry has developed the Agri-Cube, a unit that fits inside a standard parking space and can produce 10,000 vegetables a year. READ MORE…
Floating fish farms offer a more sustainable way to produce seafood
Fish farming in estuaries and protected waters may seem to offer a more sustainable alternative to traditional deep-sea fishing, but it still causes effluent accumulation and interactions with wild stocks that can disrupt the surrounding environment. That’s according to Hawaiian mariculture firm Kampachi Farms, whose Velella Project is now raising fish in open-ocean “Aquapods” with virtually no negative environmental effects. READ MORE…
Software firm focuses on helping small organic farms
There appears to be no end in sight to the urban and small-scale farming ventures popping up around the globe, so we were particularly intrigued to come across Bucky Box. Founded by one of the entrepreneurs behind Ooooby – which we covered back in 2010 – New Zealand-based Bucky Box is a software provider targeting small-scale farms. READ MORE…
In Bulgaria, remote farming service helps support sustainable agriculture
Hot on the heels of our recent story about Abbey Parks’ i-Grow program in the UK comes word of another remote farming offering, this time in Bulgaria. Now gearing up for its official launch, Farmhopping is a network of real working farms through which users can own and manage a part of one using an interactive web platform. READ MORE…
Crowdmanaged farm offers participants a share of the crop


Crowdmanagement has already hit the farming industry in the UK in the form of the National Trust’s MyFarm project, which has called upon farmers to help run an estate over the web. Now a Portuguese enterprise with a similar name – MyFarm.com – is offering online farmers a chance to reap a share of the produce. READ MORE…