Synecoculture featured in Sony’s sustainability report

The Synecoculture project at Sony CSL was featured in the Environment section of Sony’s sustainability report 2020.

Synecoculture™ 
Conventional agriculture largely focuses on increasing
productivity from a single crop, by plowing top soil, spreading
fertilizer, and applying pesticides based on the characteristics
of the crop. These practices damage ecosystems and
cause environmental problems. Sony Computer Science
Laboratories, Inc. (Sony CSL) is testing applications for
Synecoculture, a sustainable agricultural practice that
highly balances productivity and biodiversity. Synecoculture
eliminates the need for plowing, fertilizing, and pesticide use
that impact the environment, by taking maximum advantage
of the material cycling that occurs naturally in ecosystems,
aiming to create rich ecosystems with a diverse mix of plants
that coexist together and grow lushly. Synecoculture requires
vast knowledge of plant ecology, and for several years
Sony CSL has been conducting tests at a number of farms,
cultivating a blend of plants in order to collect data on plant
compatibility and soil conditions. Sony CSL is also using IT to
develop systems to support greater social ecological diversity
including Synecoculture. The Synecoculture project is directly
related to 11 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) and is registered as a good corporate practice with
the Japan SDGs Action Platform promoted by the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of Japan.

KIDS WORKSHOP 2020 @六本木ヒルズ に参加

森ビル株式会社が主催する、未来を担う子供たちへ新しい体験の可能性を提供するキッズワークショップに、Sony CSLより協生農法のチームが参加し、ワークショップ「いつもは見えない生態系ネットワークの存在について学ぼう!」を開催しました。

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WIRED『SFがプロトタイプする未来』に情報提供

舩橋真俊が、以下の作品に協生農法・拡張生態系に関する情報提供しました。
WIRED 2020 vol.37『SFがプロトタイプする未来』p.78 津久井五月氏の短編『地下に吹く風、屋上の土/UNDERGROUND WIND, ROOFTOP’S SOIL』 

UNDERGROUND WIND, ROOFTOP’S SOIL
津久井五月/地下に吹く風、屋上の土
植物と人類の新たなる共生のヴィジョンを描いた「コルヌトピア」にて第5回ハヤカワSFコンテスト大賞を受賞し、鮮烈なデビューを果たした津久井五月。彼が新たに描いたのは、世界が新型ウイルスや薬剤耐性菌の流行にたびたび晒され、人類がログ派とスコア派に分かれた2038年の冬を舞台にした、ある恋の物語。