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Europe: The only vegetable gardener in Monaco

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Jessica Sbaraglia with Prince Albert II. Source: www.rfj.ch

With her blond hair, a model’s physique (her former craft) and a sweet personality, skeptics thought her project wouldn’t last 6 months when Jessica Sbaraglia chose to mount “Earth of Monaco” (Terre de Monaco), an Urban agriculture company.

Hello Monaco
July 31, 2017

Excerpt:

“Few people believed in the project in the beginning,” she confessed. But the results are there. A year later, it has nearly 1,400 m2 of cultivated farming in the Principality. Jessica Sbaraglia became the first, and the only, market gardener on Monegasque soil. Successful gamble in a place where concrete is king. She even grows tomatoes, courgettes and aromatic herbs at the foot of the Odeon tower. The owners of the building offered her 450 square meters in the Odeon’s garden at the foot of the tower.

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Hand-Wringing and Hand-Holding Ahead of NAFTA Talks

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Canada and Mexico account for 30% of U.S. agricultural trade.

By Chuck Abbott
Agriculture.com
7/31/2017

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At nearly the same time Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was calming fears of a downturn in U.S.-Mexico agricultural trade, some Mexican farm groups demanded that agriculture be left out of the “new NAFTA” negotiations that begin in 16 days. And Canada’s agriculture minister toured the Pacific Northwest saying open agricultural trade supports jobs and communities on both sides of the border.

Canada and Mexico account for 30% of U.S. agricultural trade. Since NAFTA took effect in 1994, U.S. food and ag exports to its North American neighbors have quadrupled, aided by duty-free access to the markets. U.S. farm groups fear the renegotiation will disrupt trade or that agriculture may become a bargaining chip for progress in other sectors. President Trump’s complaints about NAFTA have focused on manufacturing jobs and the balance of trade.

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The Future Of Urban Agriculture Is Up In The Air! That’s Why Urban Ag Policy Has To Be More Grounded!

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Sumner Ray Oakes, featured in her New York apartment in a July issue of Modern Farmer, shows that the vertical agriculture methods developed for shantytowns in Sri Lanka, as discussed below, are now ready to be quaffed throughout the Global North.

A New Constituency For City Farming

By Wayne Roberts
Medium
July 18, 2017

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There is now an international reserve army of unemployed, underemployed, underpaid and unpaid people who have the magical combination that makes for self-reliance?—?access to some time, space, skills and relationships that help them get by with a little help from their friends, neighbors and family.

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