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Seattle urban forager subsists on squirrel


A self-proclaimed urban foraging family in Seattle says it traps and eats squirrel as part of its diet.

“These squirrels lived a really happy life.”

About Melanie Vorass
Associated Press
Seattle – Jan 2012

“I consider myself an urban forager. I can get most of my vegetables either from my vegetable garden or from foraging weeds from around the neighborhood. I wouldn’t eat just any urban animal, I mean we have larger animals here. The reason I chose squirrel is number one they were a pest and wreaking havoc with our garden and our property. But number two I watched them for a good long while, like months, and studied what their dietary habits are and they have a very clean diet. So I am very comfortable with what the quality of the tissue is and they aren’t any contaminents in the tissue.

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EldenBrady family’s plans for urban farm business being thwarted by Muskegon city ordinances

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Goats are kept in a farm-like setting behind the EldenBrady house at 1336 Spring St. Photo by Dave Alexander.

The land-use dispute with the city raises questions of his family’s U.S. constitutional right to “raise and educate” their children in a “comprehensive natural environment consistent with their philosophical and religious beliefs.”

By Dave Alexander
Mlive
September 30, 2013

Excerpt:

MUSKEGON, MI – A protracted zoning battle between the city of Muskegon and the vice president of the McLaughlin Neighborhood Association, who also was a recent city commission candidate, appears to be heading back to Muskegon County Circuit Court.

Since April, Joshua EldenBrady and his wife Anna have been attempting to establish a for-profit, farm market business with produce coming from a series of residential plots in the city’s McLaughlin Neighborhood.

In several different ways, the city has told the EldenBradys that their urban farming and business plans violate city land-use ordinances.

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Malaysia’s National Symposium On Urban Agriculture

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Tentative Program – 17 October 2013

Speakers and Topics:

Spearheading Urban Agriculture in Malaysia
Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd Fauzi Ramlan, Vice Chancellor, UPM
[Chairman: Prof Dr. Ghizan Saleh, National Professors Council]

Current Issues and Challenges in the Region on Urban
Agriculture towards Resilient Food Systems
Ms. Shashi Sareen
Senior Food Safety and Nutrition Officer
FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Thailand, Bangkok

Sustainable Development of Urban Farming in Malaysia
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yahya Awang
Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, UPM

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1945 – Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore in ‘For Vegetables and Victory’

Comedy Team: Gerry Moore shows Jimmy Durante how to plant food in a Victory Garden

By the US Government War Activities Committee
1945

Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore give tips on raising a successful victory garden during World War 2. Their popular radio program, ‘The Camel Comedy Caravan and The Rexal’, launched Garry Moore’s career, revived Jimmy Durante’s, and served as the model for Hanna-Barbera’s popular Augie Doggie & Doggie Daddy cartoons.

Sample of Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore in ‘The Camel Comedy Caravan and The Rexal’ here.

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Netherlands’s Report: Urban agriculture beneficial to society

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“Although these are positive results, it is too early to conclude that all urban agriculture projects in the Netherlands can be run profitably.”

By Applied Plant Research
Wageningen UR
Report Published Sept. 2013
In Dutch with some English, 101 page

Urban agriculture always generates a great deal of enthusiasm. However, many people wonder what the ultimate benefits are. To clarify this issue, researchers from Wageningen UR have produced, together with Witteveen+Bos consultancy, a social cost-benefit analysis (SCBA) for three urban agriculture projects.

The researchers analysed three cases: an existing project, “Food Garden Rotterdam” and the plans for “Regional development De Nieuwe Warande Tilburg” and “Hazennest Farm” in Tilburg. The analysis revealed a large number of social benefits such as: health benefits for the volunteers due to a healthier lifestyle, improved liveability (because of the recreational possibilities), more pleasurable living and more job opportunities.

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