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Canada: Garden battle – Quebec City woman told she can’t grow veggies in her front yard

Véronique Chapier wants to grow vegetables on her front lawn, but her neighbours say her yard is a mess. (Cathy Senay/Radio-Canada)

Véronique Chapier has until Aug. 1 to comply with city’s bylaws or will face fines

By Cathy Senay
CBC
July 27, 2017

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Two weeks ago, a city inspector informed Chapier that her garden breaks a number of rules, namely that:

The vegetable garden can’t be on her front lawn.
Some plants are too tall and the landscaping is messy.
Some are planted beyond her property line.
There are wooden pallets and plastic containers on her lawn that constitute a nuisance.

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Is picking edible weeds off the streets the next foodie trend?

Chef John Farais looks for wild edible weeds that he grows in his backyard in San Rafael. (Devika G. Bansal/Bay Area News Group)

“It can’t get any more local than picking what’s growing on your front step.”

By Devika G. Bansal
Bay Area News Group
July 17, 2017

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People have been foraging since long before this country was founded, said Hank Shaw, a forager and chef based in Sacramento and author of the book “Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast.”

“But it has been growing in the last 10 years because people are starting to mistrust the industrial food system,” Shaw said. “They’re starting to take more control over what they feed their family.”

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Malaysia: Farming in the city

Datuk Dr Mad Nasir Shamsudin is professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

In Malaysia, it is predicted that the urban population will increase to 75 per cent in three years.

By Datuk Dr Mad Nasir Shamsudin
New Straits Times
July 21, 2017

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Having recognised the importance of urban agriculture, the Malaysian government gave its full support towards this activity. This can be seen from the formation of the urban agriculture division under the Department of Agriculture Malaysia in 2010 to promote, among others, agricultural activities in the city to reduce the cost of living of the urban community.

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has designed and developed several affordable vertical farming methods, which can be adopted by the urban poor.

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