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Hundreds of millions of residents in China abandon farming for better paid work in cities


Labourer working on a construction site in the summer heat in Ningbo, east China’s Zhejiang province. China’s countryside is facing a widening wealth gap as hundreds of millions of rural residents abandon farming for better paid work in cities, according to a report released on August 21.

China study warns rural wealth gap near ‘danger’ level

By AFP
Aug 22, 2012

SHANGHAI: China’s countryside is facing a widening wealth gap as hundreds of millions of residents abandon farming for better paid work in cities, a report said, warning rural inequality was approaching “danger” levels.

The Centre for Chinese Rural Studies said inequality in rural areas was growing given the difference in incomes between those who farmed and those who flocked to cities as migrant workers.

“The difference in rural residents’ income is getting bigger and pressure on living expenses is increasing,” the centre said in a statement reported in state media today.

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August 23, 2012   Comments Off

The economics of a 2000 sq. ft. SPIN farm in Kelowna BC


Curtis city farming.

All in all, we’ve grossed $14,880 from one 2000 square foot plot for an entire season. I sell to 25 different chef’s here in Kelowna.

By Curtis Stone
greencityacres.com
Aug 21, 2012

Let me explain the economics of one 2000 square foot back yard plot. I use a multitude of these in my operation.

With one 2000 square foot back yard in a suburban/semi-urban area, I can rototill in the existing lawn on about $5 in gasoline. Running a 10 HP commercial rototiller, it takes about 1 hour to break the initial ground, but it must be done 2 to 3 more times, depending on soil conditions and if there are any invasive grasses in place, and there usually are in my experience. In this case, it takes coming back on 3 occasions, but the second and third time, it only takes about 20 minutes to go over it again, and really only costs about $2.50 in gas.

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How healthy is urban horticulture in high traffic areas?

Trace metal concentrations in vegetable crops from plantings within inner city neighbourhoods in Berlin, Germany

By Ina Säumela, Iryna Kotsyukb, Marie Hölschera, Claudia Lenkereita, Frauke Webera, Ingo Kowarika
Department of Ecology, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Botanical Garden of Khmelnitskij National University, Ukraine
Environmental Pollution
Volume 165, June 2012, Pages 124–132
21 March 2012.

Abstract

Food production by urban dwellers is of growing importance in developing and developed countries. Urban horticulture is associated with health risks as crops in urban settings are generally exposed to higher levels of pollutants than those in rural areas. We determined the concentration of trace metals in the biomass of different horticultural crops grown in the inner city of Berlin, Germany, and analysed how the local setting shaped the concentration patterns.

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