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World War 2: Use Spades Not Ships


Artist: Abram Games

GAMES, ABRAM (artist)
Chromoworks Ltd, Willesden, London (printer)
Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (publisher/sponsor)

Before the Second World War, Britain had imported 55 million tons of food each year. Merchant shipping was immediately targeted by German U Boats and additional capacity was needed to import war materials. The ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign launched at the outbreak of the war encouraged the cultivation of gardens and allotments. Millions of instructional leaflets were issued and by 1943, over 1.4 million people had allotments and were producing over a million tons of vegetables a year.

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Examining press coverage of farm-to-table movement


Laura Reiley also wrote an equally detailed and totally hair-raising companion exposé of farmers markets. She visited a dozen different markets, counted 346 discrete vendors and found that only 16, or less than 5 percent, of “farmers” actually grow stuff on their own farms.

By Bret Thorn and Nancy Kruse
Nation’s Restaurant News
May 27, 2016


Reiley read menus at restaurants that mentioned the farms where their food was supposed to have come from, then she asked the farmers if they sold to those restaurants, and when they said they didn’t she confronted the restaurants and asked them why they were such liars.

Sometimes it was an oversight — a menu that hadn’t been rewritten after purveyors were changed — sometimes it was more nefarious, and sometimes it was pretty darn insulting, like the restaurant with the tagline “Death to Pretenders” that pretended to make its own cheese curds and claimed to use wild local shrimp when in fact it was farm-raised in India.

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Urban farming rises in Iowa

quinJenny Quiner harvests lettuce at the Dogpatch Urban Gardens on May 12 just north of Des Moines.(Photo: Bryon Houlgrave/The Register)

Iowa’s population has been shifting from rural to urban for more than 100 years. In 1900, only 25 percent of Iowans lived in an urban area, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Today, 64 percent of residents live in a city.

By Linh Ta
Des Moines Register
May 27, 2016


Jenny Quiner’s last day as a high school science teacher was Friday. Next week, she launches her new career as a full-time urban farmer.

Quiner, 31, is one of a growing number of urban millennials establishing roots in Iowa’s most prominent profession.

“It is a reconnection to the soil,” said Craig McEnneny, chairman of Des Moines Area Community College’s agribusiness program.

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