Friday, August 20, 2010

Lagging Floral Industry Leads to Farming Innovations

Posted By on Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 7:00 AM


What to do with all those vacant greenhouses? A California man turns them into aquaponic farms. The San Jose Mercury News talks to Chris Newman, who's taking spaces vacated by bankrupt nurseries and using them for aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants in water).

Tennis won't be the only competition in Flushing Meadows next week. Chefs will compete for the best concessions during tennis' U.S. Open, according to the Wall Street Journal. The chef who sells the most specially-created dish wins.

If you're in Moscow, buy your vodka early. The New York Post reports that in an effort to curtail alcohol abuse and the 23,000 deaths by alcohol poisoning a year, Russia passed a law banning hard liquor sales from 11 p.m. - 8 a.m. A loophole allowing restaurants and bars to sell booze 24 hours a day should help drinkers maintain their annual 18 liters per capita.

Bring on the can opener. The I Hate To Cook Book is back. The New York Times takes a look at the new edition of the 1960 book that made convenience cooking a way of life. After being out of print for years, publishers decided to update the original after author Peg Bracken's death in 2007.

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