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Students across Canada use “space” tomato seeds to investigate the effects of outer space on seed germination

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The award-winning Tomatosphere™ program has engaged more than three million students since its inception in 2001.

From their website.

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In the spring, participating classrooms receive two packages of tomato seeds. One package contains seeds sent into space or treated in space-simulated conditions. The other contains untreated “control” seeds. Students plant the seeds and conduct experiments to explore the effects of the space environment on the germination of tomatoes. Through Tomatosphere™, students learn how to conduct a scientific experiment and compare the number of seeds that germinate for the two groups of seeds.

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June 18, 2017   No Comments

What makes urban food policy happen? Insights from five case studies

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Nairobi (Kenya): Enabling Urban Agriculture Thanks To Constitutional Change And Civil Society Activism.
and
Detroit (USA): Obtaining new powers to regulate and promote urban agriculture.

Lead authors: Corinna Hawkes and Jess Halliday
By the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food).
2017

Excerpts:

2. Nairobi (Kenya): Enabling Urban Agriculture Thanks To Constitutional Change And Civil Society Activism.

As in many East African cities, urban agriculture has been a fixture of life for many poor resi-dents of Nairobi since the late 1970s and 1980s. Yet for many years the city government was vigorously opposed to it, and farmers’ efforts to feed their families were regularly disrupted by law enforcers on public health and land ownership grounds.

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