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Pesticide use in vegetable farming is rampant in Thailand, however a growing urban farming movement is pointing to a more natural path

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Many techniques and structures are used to battle extreme weather, make the most of good weather and achieve a good yield at the rooftop garden on top of Kasetsart University. Photos: Courtesy Of Associate Professor Pasinee Sunakorn.

Bangkok’s early settlement was the arable lands fed by the Chao Phraya.

Bangkok Post
16 Jun 2013

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The private sector is starting to take notice of how economically viable the urban farming trend can be and have begun integrating it into their business models.

Novotel Hotel in Siam Square is the first hotel in Thailand to commercialise urban farming as part of their corporate social responsibility efforts. They grow Spirulina, a blue-green microalgae sold as a diet supplement, and used to treat malnutrition, in dozens of trashcan sized vats on their roof. The finished product, a sticky green paste, is then added to Novotel’s sauces, drinks, and even mud spa treatments. The algae tinges the food with a green colour, but doesn’t affect the taste.

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Essay: Eat the City

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Marta Donati and Richard Ingersoll, Nomad Garden, Montevarchi, Italy, 2012. Photos by the author.

Germany has the greatest number of allotment gardens per capita in the world, and in many German cities, in particular Münich and Berlin, the demand far exceeds the supply.

By Richard Ingersoll
The Design Observer Group
June 17, 2013

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For the last decade I have advocated an alternative approach to landscape in urban environments that I call Agricivismo, roughly translated as Civic Agriculture. [4] All cities, even the densest ones like New York (which supposedly has 700 community gardens), have the potential to be reconceptualized as agricultural zones, supplying many different scales and genres of food production. Urban farmers and gardeners around the world are identifying abandoned lots and recovering them as edible landscapes. While I have yet to find examples of agricultural interventions that possess the majesty of the Isle Derborence or the grandeur of the lakes of Focognana, I believe vegetable patches and productive farms in urban situations can aspire to that level of art.

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Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security – Update # 19

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RUAF Update #19 – June 2013

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Monitoring the impacts of urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry on climate change

Safe and Productive Use of solid and liquid Wastes for Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture

RUAF supported activities under the Dutch WASH Alliance

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The development of sustainable urban agriculture in Sana’a (Yemen)

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