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Tired of the Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Urban Koreans Flock To Rural Farming

korfamiNot only did the family trade their urban life for one in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains and trees, but they also earn $300,000 a year. Photo by Ari Shapiro/NPR.

South Korea has an overwhelmingly urban population. More than 80 percent of people live in cities. But in the past few years, something has started to change.

By Ari Shapiro
NPR
Aug 03, 2015

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He says 45,000 households have relocated to the countryside in the past year alone, and the numbers are increasing dramatically. He believes this reflects an imbalance in South Korean society

“You don’t see this trend as much in other parts of the world,” he says. “You don’t see it in Europe or Japan.”

In Korean, the trend of moving to the countryside is called guinong.

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NASA astronauts just ate food grown in space for the first time

For the first time in history, astronauts have eaten food grown in space.

By Joseph Stromberg
VOX Space
August 10, 2015

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As part of NASA’s VEG-01 experiment (nicknamed “VEGGIE”) aboard the International Space Station, they sampled red romaine lettuce that’s been growing in a specially designed chamber since early July, under the care of astronaut Scott Kelly. After Kjell Lindgren carefully cleaned the greens with sanitizing wipes to ensure they were clean, the duo and Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui first tasted them around 12:45 ET on Monday — before trying them again with a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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Vertical Urban Farming in The Hague, Netherlands

HagueElementary school Bird of Paradise built a glasshouse on the roof of their gym.

View from above, a view to the future

By Tom Voorma
Projectleider Stadslandbouw – Gemeente Den Haag
DSB | afd. Archeologie, Natuur- en Milieueducatie
Postbus 12 610 | 2500 DK Den Haag |
Bezoekadres Spui 70 of Van Kinsbergenstraat 85
The Hague, The Netherlands
August 2015

If you take a look around on the web, you’ll notice that pigs still don’t fly but there ARE things growing in the sky!
Tomatoes, lettuce, eggplants, beans and potatoes and more, and it is not just that one weird artists experiment somewhere, on a forgotten roof, and it is also not just Chicago, Boston and Hong Kong. This phenomenon is spreading like nature is used to. And now we’ve even got it where we are now, The Hague, city of Peace & Justice in The Netherlands.
Elementary school Bird of Paradise built a glasshouse on the roof of their gym. After having had fun flexing and strengthening their bodies and minds, students can go upstairs and learn where their food comes from and how to feed their body in a healthy manner.

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