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Michigan State: Policy released on urban livestock recommendations

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Cairo, Egypt. Urban livestock production: sheep, goats and mixed poultry on top of an apartment building in Cairo. (S.D. Lukefahr)

Urban livestock workgroup calls for the creation of an urban agriculture act to stimulate and support efforts to raise and grow food locally.

By Brad Neumann,
Michigan State University Extension
March 26, 2015

Excerpt:

Over the course of five meetings, the Urban Livestock Workgroup developed the following recommendations:

Develop an Urban Agriculture Act to address, stimulate and support local efforts and interest in raising livestock in urban/suburban areas.

Acknowledge the interconnection of raising livestock and plants (crops), recommending the proposed Urban Agriculture Act require development of guidelines for urban/suburban agriculture.

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Pittsburgh law students tackle urban agriculture and food policy issues

Jaclyn Clifford and Marlene van Es will soon be graduating from the University of Pittsburgh Law school and are starting a firm for legal aid to entrepreneurs who want to start environmental oriented businesses in the city.Photo by Robin Rombach/Post-Gazette.

By Diana Nelson Jones
Pittsburgh Post_Gazette
March 26, 2015

Excerpt:

“Jackie and I said, ‘This is what we’re passionate about and there’s a lack of legal services in this area,’” said Ms. van Es, a New York native with a degree in agriculture from Cornell University.

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Diverse perceptions of the future of agriculture on the Hanoi, Vietnam periphery

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The main results show that farmers and agricultural department officials are more optimistic about the future of urban agriculture than non-farm residents.

By To Thi Thu Ha (FAVRI1), Paule Moustier (CIRAD2), Nguyen Thi Tan Loc (FAVRI).
In: Jean-Louis Chaléard (ed). Métropoles aux Suds, le défi des périphéries? Paris : Karthala, pp. 261-272, 2014.

Abstract:

The objective of the paper is to appraise how peri-urban agriculture and its future are perceived by a variety of residents of Hanoi, including city planners, farmers and non-farmers. It is based on surveys conducted in 2009 involving 47 agricultural households, 14 heads of cooperatives, 83 non-agricultural households, and 13 public officials in charge of agriculture in districts and communes.

The questions related to the relationship between farmers and non-farmers and their perceptions regarding the advantages and disadvantages of agriculture, preferences for different urban landscapes based on pictures showed to them (parks, vegetable gardens, buildings), the perceived future of agriculture and perceived processes of urban planning. The main results show that farmers and agricultural department officials are more optimistic about the future of urban agriculture than non-farm residents.

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