Two thirds of American adults are now considered overweight or obese, and a recently published 2013 study by Statistics Canada shows that Canadian numbers are equally sad. Nationally 53.6% of Canadians are rated overweight or obese. The leanest province is British Columbia at 46.9%, with the heaviest–at more than 60% overweight–throughout the Maritimes, Saskatchewan and the Yukon. See more at How Stat’s Can measures the nation’s obesity.
This is not a vanity issue, it is a sickness epidemic that is costing us all by debilitating our population and undermining our medical treatment capacity. Remarkably, most people surveyed reportedly did not realize that they were affected by excess weight or obesity, or at risk for weight-related conditions. See: Why your weight matters for more.
The health crisis has prompted an intelligent new approach to urban planning away from cars and junk food “swamps” and towards fresh food and mobility. Researchers in London, Ontario are assessing cities and neighborhoods for what they call “obesogenic” indicators and then recommending health-focused makeovers. Smart, self-sustaining energy for humans and our machines, all part of the exciting revolution in process. See: The geography of obesity for more.
Each year farm runoff causes pollution and costly chemical imbalance in adjoining waterways. Smart new technology is solving this problem while dramatically reducing fresh water consumption in livestock farming. Reclaiming waste water from manure and returning it to reusable nutrients and clean potable water while making operations more profitable for farmers–now that’s more like it. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Everywhere. See: The importance of recycled water in livestock farming.
Check out LWR at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines! Ross Thurston, President of LWR explains the innovative manure treatment technology which recycles clean water and valuable nutrients from livestock manure. The patented technology can be installed at hog, dairy, and anaerobic digester operations. Let us help you manage your manure. Here’s a direct video link.
70% of the world’s fresh water consumption is used in agriculture and so smarter technologies and methods in that area are key to sustainable food production.
Montreal-based Urban Farms is advancing the revolution of Cubic Farming. Already supplying restaurants, hotels and supermarkets in Quebec and Eastern Ontario, vertical farming is win, win, win: harvested in the morning and delivered by the afternoon, 365 days of the year, with a fraction of the transportation costs, fresh food offers better taste, superior nutritional value, less waste, no chemicals, no GMO’s, using 94% less water than conventional methods with yields that are 280 times the equivalent area of field production.
Presently our generation is faced with the biggest question of the 21st century. How can we feed our exploding population and save our planet at the same time? This video explains how we plan to do our part by producing local healthy greens without GMOs, pesticides and using only 6% of the water a conventional farm uses. Here is a direct video link.
The LED lights and power systems are fueled by electricity and so can be plugged into renewable energy sources both on site and through the grid.
This is what we can do with all the excess big box commercial space that will be increasingly superfluous now that consumers are turning away from the debt-fueled consumption of ‘cheap’ retail goods. The future is bright.
Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to “think in pictures,” which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids. Here is a direct video link.
The answer to much smarter resource management are all the ideas that help us to reduce, reuse and recycle. In the not too distant future we will look back on present habits and technologies and think, how could we have been so dumb and wasteful?
Los Angeles Department of Water’s Marty Adams discusses water recycling and the drought in California. Here is a direct video link.
Very exciting time to be alive. Yes we can harvest all types of free, sustainable, clean energy to feed our power grid. And it will be world changing for the better. Think of all the meaningful things we humans can invest in as we stop wasting trillions on developing, mining, controlling and buying finite, self-destructive energy sources. The possibilities are endless.
Pavegen flooring tiles convert kinetic energy from footsteps into electrical power. Founder and chief executive Laurence Kemball-Cook is an industrial design engineer fascinated by the environment. Here is a direct video link.
The idea of harnessing the excess kinetic energy produced by a vehicle, makes even more sense when we think about traffic in our large cities. There are many points at which all the passing cars are forced to break and reduce speed for a few metres so if we could use the energy that is wasted in the breaking, we would have the means to produce electricity.
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