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‘Until the 1950s, Los Angeles County was the top agricultural county in the U.S.’

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Today, urban agriculture is making a comeback

By Zach Behrens
KCET
February 11, 2011

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“Until the 1950s, Los Angeles County was the top agricultural county in the U.S. From approximately 1910 to 1955, this was it; it was bigger than Iowa or any of those Midwestern states in terms of its agriculture. We grew everything here,” Surls explained. “It sort of dates back to the founding of Los Angeles when people first came and looked at Los Angeles as a potential site for a mission. They saw that it had great soil, they saw that things grew well here and they thought, ‘ah ha, perfect place for farming.’ So that’s how it started.”

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Urban agriculture innovations feed Sub-Saharan African cities

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Recent innovations in urban agriculture production technologies promote space and waste management

By Toni Bacala
Media Global
23 Feb, 2011

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“There is increasing recognition of the urbanization of the world and the role that urban and peri-urban agriculture plays to provide food supplies for the population that is most vulnerable in cities,” Daniel Gustafson, Director of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Liaison Office for North America told MediaGlobal.

Urban growth has been tightly linked with the rise of slum population. In sub-Saharan Africa, the swelling of urban population with migrants displaced from conflict and natural disasters has pushed many people to the slums, which is now 62 percent of its urban populace.

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