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Paris wakes up and the Champs-Elysees becomes a garden

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Olive trees, flowers, vegetables and cows … The Champs Elysees turns green this weekend

By Carole Bilien and Marina Torre
Liberation.fr
May 20, 2010

Excerpt: article in French.
Translation service here.

Plus de d’un million de personnes sont attendues les 23 et 24 mai sur les Champs-Elysées qui se mettent au vert pour présenter la production agricole, l’élevage et la forêt française.

Baptisé «Nature Capitale», cet événement, dont l’accès sera gratuit, se tient alors que le secteur est confronté à une crise profonde et que se discute actuellement une nouvelle loi sur l’agriculture.

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Is the Urban Farming Movement Here to Stay?

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Photo by restless.kahuku

The Green Plate

Vanessa Barrington’s weekly column, The Green Plate, on the environmental, social, and political issues related to what and how we eat.
EcoSalon
May 20, 2010

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Urban farming has the potential to help us take charge of the foods we eat, green our cities, build community, and increase food security for urban residents.

Everyday, there’s articles about backyard chickens, bee keeping, or urban yard sharing. Clearly urban agriculture is at the top of the trend pile. But is it just a trend, or a part of a sustainable future?

Last week I attended a panel discussion in San Francisco at The Commonwealth Club (presented by INFORUM), about how today’s urban farming movement began and where it’s going. Attendees were treated to a variety of perspectives from four pitchfork-toting farmerpreneur leaders of the urban farming movement in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Urban farming is not always the right answer

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Chicago’s very urban Logan Square

Kaid Benfield’s Blog
May 20, 2010

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Urban farming is all the rage, and not without reason, as more and more city dwellers are taking an interest in growing some of their own food, or at least buying as locally as possible, and as we search for creative uses for city properties not occupied by buildings.  I’m on record as supporting neighborhood ‘victory gardens’ in particular, along with such initiatives as the University of Cincinnati’s small (1.24 acres) urban farm on a municipal lot in a residential portion of that city.  I have also celebrated neighborhood community gardens in such residential areas as Denver’s Highlands’ Garden Village, Seattle’s High Point, and Old North St. Louis.

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Guerrilla farming on a traffic island

telegraph.jpgBearing fruit: John-Paul Flintoff plants apple trees on a traffic island in west London Photo by Geoff Pugh

Guerrilla farming: John-Paul Flintoff tries to bring a little bit of the country to a busy London road

By John-Paul Flintoff
The Telegraph UK
May 20, 2010

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Welcome to one of the busiest roads in London. I’m standing beside three lanes of heavy traffic and the cars are hurtling past – but that’s tremendous, because it means the drivers are too busy to notice me.

A fluorescent yellow jacket is not everybody’s idea of a disguise, but I’m wearing my bright cycling top so that if anybody notices me they might think I’m a contractor working for the local authority. After all, surely only somebody working for the council would dig a hole beside a busy road and plant an apple tree. That’s what I’m doing, in my ongoing attempt to turn the town into the country.

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Urban agriculture, poverty, and food security: Empirical evidence from a sample of developing countries

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By Alberto Zezza and Luca Tasciottia
Agricultural Development Economics Division,
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy
Available online 14 May 2010.

Abstract

Urban agriculture may have a role to play in addressing urban food insecurity problems, which are bound to become increasingly important with the secular trend towards the urbanization of poverty and of population in developing regions. Our understanding of the importance, nature and food security implications of urban agriculture is however plagued by a lack of good quality, reliable data. While studies based on survey data do exist for several major cities, much of the evidence is still qualitative if not anecdotal. Using a recently created dataset bringing together comparable, nationally representative household survey data for 15 developing or transition countries, this paper analyzes in a comparative international perspective the importance of urban agriculture for the urban poor and food insecure.

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Writer Manny Howard and his ‘Empire of Dirt’


Video by Simon and Schuster

Radio Interview with author Manny Howard

The Takeaway is a national morning news program that invites listeners to be part of the American conversation. Hosts John Hockenberry and Celeste Headlee, along with partners The New York Times, BBC World Service, WNYC, Public Radio International and WGBH Boston, deliver news and analysis and help you prepare for the day ahead.?May 19, 2010

For this week’s food segment, we talk with Manny Howard, a man who turned his tiny New York City backyard into a farm, complete with produce and livestock.

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