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A strawberry’s journey – 4900 kilometres from California to Toronto

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A strawberry’s journey: From West to feast

By Catherine Porter
Environment Reporter
Toronto Star Jun 21, 2009

Excerpt.

“Food-miles” became a hot subject a few years ago. It wasn’t long ago that cities like Toronto largely fed themselves. But now, the average pear you buy has travelled 6,000 kilometres.

Although vilified by locavores, food travelling long distances by truck doesn’t necessarily result in more greenhouse gases. On a per-pound basis, an 18-wheeler emits one-fifteenth the carbon dioxide of a delivery van heading to a local farmers’ market.

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Agriculteurs dans les villes Ouest-africaines : Enjeux fonciers et accès à l’eau

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de Moussa Sy (Auteur), Ndèye Fatou Diop Guèye (Auteur), Salimata Seck Wone (Auteur)
Editeur : Karthala (6 mars 2009)
Broché: 192 pages

Une recherche participative pour le développement durable de l’agriculture urbaine a été conduite de 2001 à 2004 à Dakar, Niamey, Cotonou, Nouakchott, Ouagadougou, Abidjan et Bamako. Dans un contexte peu favorable, caractérisé par des contraintes qui inhibent ses énormes potentialités, cette activité parvient à occuper des milliers de personnes, à réduire la malnutrition, à générer des revenus et à préserver l’environnement.

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West Bengal State Agriculture Commission reports on UA and UPA

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Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture (UA and UPA)
West Bengal State Agriculture Commission – Government of West Bengal
March 2009
Annexure Item 20, page 725

Preamble

With rapid urbanization in the past few decades, already half the world population lives in towns and cities. These occupy less than 2% of the earth’s surface, but use 75% of the earth’s resources. The per capita resource consumption of urban areas is thus 3 times that of rural areas. Considering the alarming rate of depletion and degradation of natural resources, the sustainability of the present path of urbanization, with its high ‘ecological footprint’, is questionable, even in the medium term.

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