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USA: 20 percent of fruits and vegetables went unharvested in parts of the country because of a dwindling labor force

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“Building a wall won’t help farmers.”

By Jay Saunders
AAEA
July 18, 2017

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There is a huge shortage of labor and tightening border control and increasing deportation is making it harder for vegetable and fruit growers to find workers,” said Stephen Devadoss of Texas Tech University. “Building a wall won’t help farmers.”

“What we found is there will be a negative effect because these policies don’t provide any solutions to what farmers are currently facing,” Devadoss said. “There is already a labor shortfall and consequently farmers can’t do basic operations, including harvesting.”

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Guerrilla gardeners fight hopelessness in Greece

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A former dump for debris from the neighboring US air base has become a blooming oasis. By Heidi Fuller-love.

As Greece flounders under debt and austerity, green-fingered activists are overtaking unused spaces to feed those in need – and build a more sustainable future.

By Heidi Fuller-Love
DW
July 12, 2017

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The Elliniko community garden is located on the 2,500-square-meter (27,000-square-foot) expanse of an old airport that was abandoned in 2001. When grassroots activist group Agros took over the plot, it was buried under mounds of detritus from the neighboring American base.

After clearing the land, volunteers at planted a variety of fruit and vegetables to help the growing number of Athenians who are struggling to feed their families.

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Ohio Food bank’s ‘urban farms’ provide fresh produce, job training

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Mike Kelley of Clarfield Farms plants Hungarian hot wax peppers.

At the end of the month, officials plan to award other local, urban gardeners and farmers $140,000, part of a $300,000 grant the food bank received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

By Rita Price
The Columbus Dispatch
Jul 12, 2017

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The goals at both farms are to transform empty, inner-city land into operations that can supply needy residents with fresh produce and provide opportunities for jobs, training and civic engagement.

“We have, between the two farms, about 10 acres, and we’re farming about 5 right now,” said Jill Jess of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. “Last year, we grew about 42,000 pounds of produce.”

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