From Surplus Produce Apps to Miniature Greenhouse Pods

By: Katherine Pendrill - Aug 28, 2016
From apps that help save surplus produce to desktop-sized greenhouses, the August 2016 eco ideas demonstrate a renewed focus on making our food system more sustainable.

One of the ways that business and consumers are attempting to make the food system more sustainable is by changing the way we purchase our food. For instance, the Farmsquare app helps connect consumers with farmers who have extra produce. An example of a slightly different approach is the Localize labeling system, which encourages consumers to eat locally produced foods instead of those that have been imported.

Beyond changing the way consumers buy food, there is also a push to encourage more individuals to grown their own food. Indeed, the August 2016 eco trends reveal a continued emphasis on urban farming and community gardens. Some examples of these macro-farming initiatives include miniature greenhouse pods, irrigation-inspired planters and spherical urban greenhouses.