Archive for September 19th, 2010

Herve Presents Bilou, Invasion of Zebra, 29 September 2010 – Bangkok

Sunday, September 19th, 2010


Vines and Wines: A World to Discover – France

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Vignes et VinsVignes et Vins: Un Monde a Decouvrir (Vines and Wines: A World to Discover) by Sandrine Duclos and Cécile Gallineau was written to tell 7 to 12-year-olds how fortunate they are to live in a country where the culture of the vine plays such an important role. It was published in part because of concerns that anti-alcohol laws were preventing younger French children from learning about their cultural heritage.
With the help of illustrations it explains the cycle of vine-growing and the cultural role that wine plays in France, and tells the story of wine from the Romans to the present day. The book was launched this week at Chateau Fonroque in Saint Emilion.

Jingpeng Plant Factory – Bejing

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

jingpengBeijing’s high-tech solution for the demand to have pesticide free vegetables. A futuristic warehouse in China is growing vegetables without any actual sunlight or soil. The Jingpeng Plant Factory grows lettuce, cabbage and other vegetables in a liquid solution, fueled by LED lighting. Although the start-up costs are significant, the factory uses less energy and is able to grow the vegetables without pesticides. There is much distrust within, and outside of China, regarding their current farming methods. Fruit and vegetables are liberally sprayed with dangerous chemical solutions to ward off insects. This type of farming also may be the first step to growing produce in high rise buildings in the center of the city, which is most likely the next step in cities worldwide.