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Kia Motors Canada puts advertising dollars into building Toronto community garden

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Garden completed July 10, 2010.

A garden, a car company and the power to surprise

Drive Change: Kia Motors sponsors the building of a community garden at Gilder Drive in Scarborough.

By Toronto Housing Media Centre
July 23, 2010

Picture it! Two Kia cars arrive in a community, with seedlings and soil. The drivers get out of the cars, the neighbourhood comes to life and together everyone works to build a beautiful garden. Then the drivers get back into their vehicles and drive away. What a great idea for an advertising campaign about how Kia Motors gives back to communities… but things like that only happen on television, right? 

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From streets to eats – Urban farming supports economies and human health

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The Queen Mary Community Garden, North Vancouver, set against the splendour of the North Shore Mountains. Photo by Mel Phadtare.

North Vancouver has five community gardens representing 204 plots, and nearly 200 residents on waiting lists for a plot

By Mel Phadtare
Green Space Magazine
August 2010

Excerpt:

Today, the North Shore’s municipalities have the opportunity to take the lead in regional, sustainable urban agriculture. Already a hub of activity, the North Shore has approximately 180,000 residents, five community gardens representing 204 plots, nearly 200 residents on waiting lists for plots, two farmers’ markets and a school backyard food program. The University of British Columbia has an urban agriculture pilot project at Loutet Park, North Vancouver, and Capilano University has put a proposal forward.

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Only an “urban green revolution” will help countries secure food for their population.

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Facing Food Shortages: Urban Food Security in an Age of Constraints

PK Hangzo
17 August 2010
PK Hangzo is an Associate Research Fellow with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University where he is attached to the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies. He was previously an education consultant in India.

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Feeding a larger, more urban and richer population requires food production to increase by over 70 per cent. This must be done in the face of changing consumption patterns, the impacts of climate change and the growing scarcity of water and land. Rural agriculture alone will be insufficient to meet the future needs of food in urban areas. Only an “urban green revolution” will help countries secure food for their population. To do this, urban agriculture must be stepped up to supplement food supplied from the hinterland and rural areas.

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