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Indoor mini-farms to beat climate change in Trinidad

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Industrial engineer Ancel Bhagwandeen developed a hydroponic system that “leverages the nanoclimates in houses so that the house effectively protects the produce the same way it protects us.”

“Our future as a people is based more and more on city living and in order for that to be sustainable, we need to have city farming at a family level.”

By Jewel Fraser
Caribbean 360
Feb 28, 2014

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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Thursday February 27, 2014 IPS – Industrial engineer Ancel Bhagwandeen thinks that growing your food indoors is a great way to protect crops from the stresses of climate change. So he developed a hydroponic system that “leverages the nanoclimates in houses so that the house effectively protects the produce the same way it protects us,” he says. Bhagwandeen told IPS that his hydroponic project was also developed “to leverage the growth of the urban landscape and high-density housing, so that by growing your own food at home, you mitigate the cost of food prices.”

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1943 – Young Queen Elizabeth gardens

Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II, left) and her younger sister Princess Margaret Rose (1930 – 2002) working on their allotment in the grounds of Windsor Castle, 11th August 1943. They are taking part in the government’s ‘Dig For Victory’ campaign. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Urban farming gets a boost as Aurora, Colorado council approves backyard chickens

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A backyard chicken coop in Highlands Ranch, Colorado in 2013. John Leyba, Denver Post.

Almost 100 residents packed council chambers, and everyone who spoke was in support of the ordinance to allow urban chickens.

By Megan Mitchell
Denver Post
Feb 25, 2014

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“A few years ago, I had four hens in my backyard,” Aurora resident John Dougherty said. “The eggs were vastly more delicious than store bought, we had almost zero backyard lawn pests, and mostly, my grandkids loved them.”

Other residents cited increased property value, a right to control where they get their own food, educational purposes, agricultural benefits and familial attachments as reasons why the ban should be lifted.

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