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Brazil: How São Paulo is tackling poverty and urban sprawl by bolstering farming


Arpad Spalding is part of an initiative to boost organic agriculture on São Paulo’s urban fringes. (Ignacio Amigo)

“Urban sprawl over environmentally sensitive areas with vulnerable populations is a common theme in many Latin American cities,” says Ferreira. “And many cities all over the world are experiencing problems associated with food supply. Stimulating agriculture can help preserve these areas and increase product offering.”

By Ignacio Amigo
Cityscope
February 24, 2017

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Now, local leaders in São Paulo are looking to leverage this demand by promoting organic farming on the undeveloped land along the outer edges of the city. If they succeed, it will achieve many different but complementary outcomes all at once. They’ll bolster the city’s supply of fresh, locally produced food. Livelihoods of the rural poor living just outside the urban core will improve. And viable farms will erect a natural barrier to contain the city’s outward expansion.

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California Assembly bill would extend tax break to turn urban lots into farms


Kevin Bayuk of the Urban Permaculture Institute of San Francisco works at the18th and Rhode Island Permaculture Garden in S.F. in 2014. The garden is owned by a private landowner who later received a property tax break for allowing the land to be used for agriculture under the state’s Urban Agricultural Incentive Zones act. Photo: Leah Millis, The Chronicle. Click on image for larger file.

“Urban farming needs more time to take root and help more Californians access nutritious food in their own neighbourhoods.”

By Tara Duggan
San Francisco Chronicle
February 27, 2017

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Since the law was enacted, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose and San Diego have all passed local ordinances giving financial incentives to turn unused lots into urban agricultural zones for a range of uses, including vegetable farming, beekeeping and nonprofit teaching gardens.

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UK: Murder inquiry after woman, 80, found dead at London allotment


Police at the scene in Colindale, north-west London. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Body of allotment association secretary Lea Adri-Soejoko was discovered in lockup store at site in Colindale, Met police say

By Haroon Siddique
The Guardian
Mar 2, 2017

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“She was due to attend a meeting in the Barnet area around gardening and good practice and she did not turn up to that meeting,” said DCI Noel McHugh, of the Met’s homicide and major crime command. “So a friend became concerned and then alerted family members.”

Neighbour Danila Catruta, 39, said she had been left scared by the murder: “Since I heard about it I keep thinking about the situation. How can people do this? I feel very sorry about what happened because no one should be treated like this.”

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