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Detroit Urban Farmer Bought Two 5-Foot-Tall Emus To Protect His Chickens

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Two 5-feet-tall baby emus protect the chicken coop from stray dogs, which killed 50 chickens in the summer of 2015. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)

Food Field, near Detroit’s Boston Edison neighborhood, has overcome one obstacle after another to become one of the most unique examples of the city’s resilient urban agriculture movement

By Greg Wickliffe
Live
Oct 8, 2016

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Stray dogs in 2015 entered the hen house and killed all 50 of Link’s chickens and turkeys.

“It was just a blood bath,” Link said.

To minimize the risk of another chicken massacre, Link purchased two 5-foot-tall emus from a woman who raises the birds in Okemos.

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Urban Farming Forum Held in Mumbai

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Enthusiasts at the Urban Leaves, Don Bosco farm, Mating.

A panel discussion chaired by Jayant Kumar Banthia, former State Chief Secretary and chancellor, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), presented several ideas to incorporate urban farming into the city’s plans

By Diipti Jhangiani
The Hindu
Oct 9, 2016

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During the launch, Dr. Parasnis presented the carbon baseline survey of Navi Mumbai. She also shared vital statistics on the high pesticide and heavy metal content in commercially-grown fruits and vegetables. She shared the results of a survey by the University of Baroda, showing how commercially-grown fruits and vegetables contain pesticides like Aldrin, Chlordane, Dichlorvos much beyond the when permissible levels were 0.1 mg/kg.

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New Yorker’s Fight to Save Elizabeth Street Garden

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Council Member Margaret Chin, alone among the local representatives, opposes the community garden under a misguided sense of what “livability” entails.

By Aziz Dehkan
Gotham Gazette
Oct 7, 2016

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The coalition of advocates for Elizabeth Street Garden demand the land be dedicated as parkland. Today Elizabeth Street Garden enlivens Soho with year-round programs and sculpture. The City, in a weak effort to assuage the community, asks developers to reserve barely a quarter of the existing garden site for future open space. Operation of the diminished space will be a challenge to integrate into the community and serve the actual needs of visitors.

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