This town will grow its own food, live off-grid, and handle its own waste !

This town will grow its own food, live off-grid, and handle its own waste !

It’s no secret that today’s aggressive agricultural techniques can take a heavy toll on the environment, both on the land used for crops and livestock, and in the surrounding atmosphere.

But a new vision of a more sustainable ‘integrated neighbourhood’ community is being implemented in the Netherlands, with the first of a series of high-tech farm villages set to be completed next year. The project, being built just outside of Amsterdam, is the brainchild of California-based developer ReGen Villages, and after its pilot community is finished in 2017, the company plans to bring the concept to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Germany.

Of course, communal farms aren’t exactly a new idea, with communities like the Amish people and more recent kinds of farming collectives having long lived off the grid. But we’re not talking about another attempt to recreate simple, pastoral living here.

ReGen Villages wants to harness the power of today’s technology to create “off-grid capable neighbourhoods” that provide the comforts of a regular modern lifestyle, but which are entirely self-reliant and sustainable: growing their own food, generating their own energy, managing waste locally, and recycling water.

“We’re really looking at starting off as the Tesla of eco-villages,” ReGen Villages CEO James Ehrlich told Adele Peters at Fast Company. “We are redefining residential real-estate development by creating these regenerative neighbourhoods, looking at first these greenfield pieces of farmland where we can produce more organic food, more clean water, more clean

It’s no secret that today’s aggressive agricultural techniques can take a heavy toll on the environment, both on the land used for crops and livestock, and in the surrounding atmosphere.

But a new vision of a more sustainable ‘integrated neighbourhood’ community is being implemented in the Netherlands, with the first of a series of high-tech farm villages set to be completed next year. The project, being built just outside of Amsterdam, is the brainchild of California-based developer ReGen Villages, and after its pilot community is finished in 2017, the company plans to bring the concept to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Germany.

 Of course, communal farms aren’t exactly a new idea, with communities like the Amish people and more recent kinds of farming collectives having long lived off the grid. But we’re not talking about another attempt to recreate simple, pastoral living here.

ReGen Villages wants to harness the power of today’s technology to create “off-grid capable neighbourhoods” that provide the comforts of a regular modern lifestyle, but which are entirely self-reliant and sustainable: growing their own food, generating their own energy, managing waste locally, and recycling water.

146038-regen-1Architectural drawing of pilot project. Credit: Effekt

“We’re really looking at starting off as the Tesla of eco-villages,” ReGen Villages CEO James Ehrlich told Adele Peters at Fast Company. “We are redefining residential real-estate development by creating these regenerative neighbourhoods, looking at first these greenfield pieces of farmland where we can produce more organic food, more clean water, more clean energy, and mitigate more waste than if we just left that land to grow organic food or do permaculture there.”

The idea is that by combining sustainable farming and land management with an independently run tech infrastructure, ReGen Villages will be “power positive”, effectively generating surplus energy that can be fed back into surrounding electricity grids, and growing about half of all the food the inhabitants eat.

146038-regen-2Architectural drawing of pilot project. Credit: Effekt

“We anticipate literally tonnes of abundant organic food every year – from vegetables, fruit, nuts, legumes, fish, eggs, chicken, small animal dairy and protein – that can continually grow and yield in the vertical garden systems all year long as supplement to the seasonal gardens and farming adjacent,” Ehrlich told Fast Company.

While it certainly sounds fantastic, there’s still a way to go to make the vision into reality. The project has just been presented at the Venice Biennale, with the design work handled by Danish architecture firm Effekt. The initial project, to be constructed in Almere, 20 minutes from Amsterdam, will initially host 25 pilot homes, with a view to 100 in total upon completion.

146038-regen-3Architectural drawing of pilot project. Credit: Effekt

If the Dutch village is a success, Ehrlich expects to roll the sustainable communities across the cool climates of Northern Europe, and then expand into the Middle East.

“We tackle the first two hardest climate areas,” he said. “Then from there we have global scale – rural India, sub-Saharan Africa, where we know that the population is going to increase and also be moving to the middle class. If everybody in India and Africa wants the same kind of suburbs that we’ve been building so far, the planet’s not going to make it.”

It’s an awesome idea, and we can’t wait to see how the pilot village in Amsterdam goes. Who knows, maybe a ReGen Village could turn up in your local area soon?

The idea is that by combining sustainable farming and land management with an independently run tech infrastructure, ReGen Villages will be “power positive”, effectively generating surplus energy that can be fed back into surrounding electricity grids, and growing about half of all the food the inhabitants eat.

“We anticipate literally tonnes of abundant organic food every year – from vegetables, fruit, nuts, legumes, fish, eggs, chicken, small animal dairy and protein – that can continually grow and yield in the vertical garden systems all year long as supplement to the seasonal gardens and farming adjacent,” Ehrlich told Fast Company.

While it certainly sounds fantastic, there’s still a way to go to make the vision into reality. The project has just been presented at the Venice Biennale, with the design work handled by Danish architecture firm Effekt. The initial project, to be constructed in Almere, 20 minutes from Amsterdam, will initially host 25 pilot homes, with a view to 100 in total upon completion.

If the Dutch village is a success, Ehrlich expects to roll the sustainable communities across the cool climates of Northern Europe, and then expand into the Middle East.

“We tackle the first two hardest climate areas,” he said. “Then from there we have global scale – rural India, sub-Saharan Africa, where we know that the population is going to increase and also be moving to the middle class. If everybody in India and Africa wants the same kind of suburbs that we’ve been building so far, the planet’s not going to make it.”

It’s an awesome idea, and we can’t wait to see how the pilot village in Amsterdam goes. Who knows, maybe a ReGen Village could turn up in your local area soon?

Originally seen at: http://www.sciencealert.com/


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Salmon loaded with antidepressants, cocaine and more !

Apparently humans aren’t the only animal with a thirst for drugs. Frightening new research reveals that Puget Sound salmon tested positive for more than 80 different drugs, including cocaine, antidepressants and a litter of other drugs used by people.

When researchers tested the water at and close to the sewage treatment plants in the estuaries of Puget Sound near Seattle, Washington, they found it had high concentrations of drugs and personal health care products. Some of the concentrations detected were higher than anywhere else in the country

he tissues of migratory chinook salmon and local staghorn sculpin also harbored these compounds. They were even found present in fish in estuaries further away from sewage treatment plant where the water used to be regarded as fresh and clean, reports Natural News.

Some of the other drugs discovered included Flonase, Aleve and Tylenol. Paxil, Valium, Zoloft, Tagamet, OxyContin, Darvon, Nicotine and caffeine, according to the Seattle Times.

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(RT) — Fish found in Washington’s Puget Sound are tripping on cocaine, Prozac, Advil, Benadryl, and Lipitor.

Where did the drugs come from?

Lead author of the study, Jim Meador, an aquatic toxicologist at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries, said the levels may have been higher because the drugs are commonly used in the area, or they could be a product of the wastewater-treatment plants’ processes. The study can be found in the journal Environmental Pollution.

“The concentrations in effluent were higher than we expected,” Meador, told the Seattle Times. “We analyzed samples for 150 compounds and we had 61 percent of them detected in effluent. So we know these are going into the estuaries,” he added.

The results of the study were alarming because the majority of chemicals detected are not regulated in waste water. In addition, there is little science that forecasts the impact most of these compounds can have on the environment. The amount of drugs in all the plants into Puget Sound could total 97,000 pounds a year, noted the study.

Some of the drugs found in the water of Puget Sound are a challenge to expose using conventional sewage treatment methods:

“Treatment plants in King County are effective in removing some drugs in wastewater, but many drugs are recalcitrant and remain. Seizure drugs, for instance, are very hard to remove, and ibuprofen levels are knocked down — but not out — during treatment,” according to Betsy Cooper, permit administrator for the county’s Wastewater Treatment Division.

The waste water treatment plant shouldn’t bear the full burden of responsibility for the drug levels, according to Cooper. “You have treatment doing its best to remove these, chemically and biologically,” she said, “but it’s not just the treatment quality, it’s also the amount that we use day to day and our assumption that it just goes away.”

Addressing America’s drug crisis

Unfortunately, the reverberations of our drug dependent society are bleeding into the environment. In many cases, these medications spur more ill side-effects than they treat, and are manufactured to merely manage rather than cure the underlining problem. That way, drug producers can ensure customers keep coming back for more.

One way to help reduce society’s dependence on pharmaceuticals is by changing the way we eat. In many cases, the illnesses these drugs are intended to address can be prevented and even cured through healthy eating and exercise, but many people don’t know where to begin.

A good starting place is to attend this year’s Food Revolution Summit. More than twenty-four of the world’s leading health experts will attend the event, discussing how you can prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes, fatigue and other health issues with food! You can register for this FREE online event here.

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