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Venezuela’s Ministry of Urban Agriculture Faces Critics

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Residents attend a course about urban agriculture. Photographer: Manaure Quintero/Bloomberg

“Planters on Caracas balconies are not going to solve the growing problem of hunger in Venezuela,” said opposition lawmaker Maria Martinez, who sits on the National Assembly’s agricultural commission

By Andrew Rosati, Fabiola Zerpa
Bloomberg Markets
September 22, 2016

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Critics are quick to point to more than a decade’s worth of expropriations that left fields to fallow while a flood of cheap imports during Venezuela’s oil bonanza discouraged farming entirely. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Land, almost 1.2 million hectares (3 million acres) were nationalized from 2010 to 2015 alone.

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September 29, 2016   Comments Off on Venezuela’s Ministry of Urban Agriculture Faces Critics

Victoria, BC Urban farmers pleased with city bylaw changes

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Jesse Brown of the Mason Street City Farm tends to tomatoes growing in the garden. — Image Credit: Pamela Roth.

Mayor Lisa Helps said she overlooked the impact the language could have, adding there shouldn’t be a constant dichotomy between farmers and developers, but instead they need to work together to encourage food production in the city.

By Kendra Wong
Victoria News
Sep 21, 2016

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Local urban farmers are rejoicing about the ability to grow and sell their own food, after Victoria city council recently passed a number of bylaw changes allowing them to do so.

“I’m happy to see it happen, I think it’s a totally necessary step and something that the community of Victoria was really asking for,” said Julia Ford, an urban farmer with City Harvest and Welland Legacy Orchard.

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September 29, 2016   Comments Off on Victoria, BC Urban farmers pleased with city bylaw changes