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A disturbing story about the ‘godfather of the urban community gardening movement’

1985. His Garden of Eden before it was cleared to make way for a public housing project.

‘The dark side of Purple’ – David Lloyd Wilkie, better known as Adam Purple

By Lincoln Anderson
The Villager
Dec 31, 2015

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She posted the video of the performance for public view on YouTube on Sept. 12.[“Coming Out” by Camille] Two days later, Purple was biking across the Williamsburg Bridge when he suddenly collapsed and died of a heart attack. He was 84.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner gave his cause of death as heart disease — specifically, hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

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June 3, 2017   Comments Off on A disturbing story about the ‘godfather of the urban community gardening movement’

‘Plant Factories’ Churn Out Clean Food in China’s Dirty Cities

A researcher transplants rice seedlings in a greenhouse of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Researchers build urban farms, crop labs to combat contamination

Reporting by Christina Larson and Lulu Yilun Chen, assisted by Vicky Feng
Bloomberg News
May 25, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Yang Qichang walks through his “plant factory” atop the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing, inspecting trays of tomato vines that may help farmers slip the stranglehold that toxins have on China’s food supply.

The containers are stacked like bunk beds, with each vine wrapped in red and blue LED lights that evoke tiny Christmas trees. Yang is testing which parts of the visible-light spectrum are optimal for photosynthesis and plant growth while using minimal energy.

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