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Urban fringe agriculture under threat in Australia

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Ben and mark honey are facing urban encroachment near their dairy farm in kiama, nsw. Photo by Sarina Locke.

Experts believe now is the time to ‘draw the line’ and put in place permanent city boundaries to protect farms that could become increasingly important as climate change takes hold.

by Cathy Pryor
ABC Net
June 6, 2014

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Wayne Shields’s farm has been in his family since the 1970s when his father first bought the fertile patch of land on the Mornington Peninsula to Melbourne’s east. In those days the Peninsula was a quiet rural retreat from city life, frequented by holiday makers on a pilgrimage to the coast.

Forty years later, thirty per cent of the Mornington Peninsula is classified as urban and the boundary to metropolitan Melbourne is only 500 metres from the Shields’s farm. While the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is working hard to protect the agriculture it still has, the Shields’s organic farm now co-exists with its suburban neighbours.

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A Conversation With Oscar Rodriguez On Urban Farming

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Oscar Rodriguez, the founder of Architecture & Food, which is a company that works with organizations on building vertical farming.

By Emy Muzzi
Urban Times
June 4, 2014

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Here’s a basic, ‘ridiculous’ calculation: London has 20,000 hectares (200,000,000 sqm) of roofscape, most of it pitched, and a population of 8.2 million people. By retrofitting horticultural greenhouses employing high productivity growing tech with a conservative 40kg/sqm/yr productivity onto half that area (10,000 hectares) you could produce enough to supply 1.3 kg of vegetables per person per day which is 380 percent of the average daily U.K. fruit and vegetable consumption of 350g.

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The White House Kitchen Garden Harvest with Michelle Obama

June 12, 2014 – Remarks by the First Lady Before White House Garden Harvest Event
State Dining Room

(Must see. Mike)

First Lady Michelle Obama and West Virginia Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition Executive Director Richard Goff help students from five District of Columbia schools make a meal using the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden in the State Dining Room at the White House June 12. The students, who helped plant the garden earlier in the year, were joined by visiting school nutrition directors from Orlando, Dallas and West Virginia, where they have seen success in their new school lunch programs thanks to the standards put in place by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

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