A Cadiz entrepreneur has confronted planned obsolescence in the field of agricultural innovation. An automated farming system has been developed with a life expectancy of ten years. It is an intelligent irrigation system that feeds on solar energy and to which a farmer can gain access through his mobile device. It is an initiative of Smart Biosystem, a company promoted by the Minerva Program of entrepreneurship developed by Vodafone and the Andalusia government.
Improving the taste of fruits and vegetables cultivated in greenhouses is the objective of a developing project at the Center for Research in Intensive Mediterranean Agro-systems and Agro-food Biotechnology at the University of Almería. By adjusting some of the parameters of the traditional cultivation system, such as shade or ventilation, researchers study how those variables affect the molecules associated with flavor. The molecular analysis is done using nuclear magnetic resonance.
Investigators of the Andalusia Center of the Evaluation and Monitoring of Global Change (CAESCG) at the University of Almeria collaborate in a European project that utilizes Cocoon, an underground biodegradable flowerpot for the reforestation and the socioeconomic development of cold semi-arid zones within the inland area of Almeria. This method helps keep alive the species during their first year of planting, the most critical year. They are planting ecological almond trees to help the agricultural economy of the zone as well as address the plants in danger of extinction.
La Ecocina is a restaurant located in Cordoba that works to promote health and wellbeing through their ecological menus. All of the dishes on the menu are listed using 100% ecological products and are created for individuals who want to lead healthy diets and to clients with certain illnesses that would benefit from well balanced meals. The restaurant offers daily menus that give clients the liberty to choose from main meal dishes, breakfast options, snacks, or a list of tapas and drinks for those who simply want to snack: here, everything comes straight from nature.