Posts Tagged ‘farm’

Earthquake pig’s bacon saved

July 2, 2008

A PIG who survived for 36 days after the Sichuan earthquake on May 12 has been heralded as a hero and symbol of the will to stay alive.

The earthquake devastated southwestern China leaving 90,000 people either dead or missing.

Soldiers found the trapped pig beneath debris at a collapsed pig farm in Sichuan.

According to a report in the Chongqing Evening Post, the pig survived on water and a bag of charcoal that had also been buried in the ruins of Pengzhou city, Sichuan province. Although charcoal has no nutritional value, it is not toxic was able to fill the pig up.

The pig, which weighed nearly 150 kilograms (330 pounds) at the time of the magnitude-8.0 earthquake on May 12, had lost two thirds of its weight when found.

The pig has been dubbed Zhu Jianqiang, which translates as “strong pig”.

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Las Vegas to Build World’s First 30 Story Vertical Farm

May 22, 2008

Las Vegas the tourist mecca of the World is set to begin development of the World’s first vertical farm. The $200 million dollar project is designed to be a functional and profitable working farm growing enough food to feed 72,000 people for a year and provide another tourist attraction to the city that does everything in a larger than life way.

The World currently uses about 80% of the available farm land and 60% of the earth’s population lives near or in an urban environment so the logical choice for farming is to go up for land where the environment can be controlled and where distribution is local. Las Vegas is seen as the perfect location for this project by Nevada State officials who would like to demonstrate their sustainability and environmental awareness instead of projecting an image of waste and excess.

Although the project initial cost is high at $200 million, with annual revenue of $25 million from produce and another $15 million from tourists the 30 story vertical farm would be about as profitable as a casino with operating expenses only being about $6 million a year.

There would be about 100 different crops grown ranging from strawberries to lettuce even miniature banana trees could be grown from each floors specially controlled environment. The products would go straight to the casinos and hotel properties and be a very visible and desirable addition to the overall Las Vegas experience. Design details should be worked out in 2008 and the project could open its doors by the middle of 2010.